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Mayock sleeper Nielsen among Vikings’ rookie free agents

Tyler Nielsen Pic Getty Images

Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Vikings have agreed to terms with 15 undrafted free agents. The Vikings used ten draft picks on Thursday through Saturday, so in all they’ve brought aboard 25 rookies in less than a week.

The Vikings’ UDFAs:

Boise State defensive tackle Chase Baker, UCLA running back Derrick Coleman, Florida Atlantic defensive end Kevin Cyrille, Nicholls State cornerback Bobby Felder, Bowling Green receiver Kamar Jorden, Penn State defensive end Eric Latimore, Iowa linebacker Tyler Nielsen (pictured), Cal defensive end Ernest Owusu, Hawaii linebacker Corey Paredes, Vikings guard Austin Pasztor, North Carolina defensive tackle Tydreke Powell, Missouri defensive tackle Terrell Resonno, Mississippi State center Quentin Saulsberry, Oregon tackle Darrion Weems, and South Carolina cornerback C.C. Whitlock.

The Iowa linebacker Nielsen stands out as a player who may push hard to crack the Vikings’ final 53-man roster. Nielsen was a special teams dynamo as a freshman and sophomore under Kirk Ferentz, before taking over as a starting outside linebacker for his junior and senior seasons. Nielsen is 6-foot-3 and 238 pounds.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock pegged Nielsen as sleeper before the draft, suggesting Nielsen could eventually emerge as a starting strong-side linebacker in the league.

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22 Responses to “Mayock sleeper Nielsen among Vikings’ rookie free agents”
  1. dynastygamer says: Apr 29, 2012 10:20 PM

    Nice pickup in Powell out of UNC. He might be able to work his way into the rotation. They’re making nice strides on defense though, but the NFC North is moving ahead without them.

  2. vikesfansteve says: Apr 29, 2012 10:24 PM

    Wright is going to end up being the new Steve Smith also. The Vikings first 4 picks were great, after that who knows.

  3. canigetastadium says: Apr 29, 2012 10:40 PM

    By far the best Vikes draft in recent memory…. Skol!

  4. dobberdubinsky says: Apr 29, 2012 10:58 PM

    Hopefully there’s a few diamonds in the rough on this list, welcome to the Vikings fellas, good luck on making the final roster!

  5. binkystevens says: Apr 29, 2012 10:59 PM

    I hear he likes taking if from behind

  6. brownicus says: Apr 29, 2012 11:07 PM

    If he is goon on special teams, and has some potential as a linebacker, then I’d think he has a real shot at making the 53 man roster, or at the very least the practice squad.

  7. brownicus says: Apr 29, 2012 11:07 PM

    If he is good on special teams, and has some potential as a linebacker, then I’d think he has a real shot at making the 53 man roster, or at the very least the practice squad.

  8. supert1978 says: Apr 29, 2012 11:17 PM

    If they could get close to the production they got out of Chad Greenway from Nielsen, it would be a great pickup. What is surprising is Florio isn’t writing this article with a little Viking negativity as he usually does.

  9. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Apr 29, 2012 11:59 PM

    supert1978 says:Apr 29, 2012 11:17 PM

    If they could get close to the production they got out of Chad Greenway from Nielsen, it would be a great pickup. What is surprising is Florio isn’t writing this article with a little Viking negativity as he usually does.
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    Remind me again since January of 2010 what has there been to be positive about?

  10. bigpurplepapi says: Apr 30, 2012 12:36 AM

    Really the only benefit of poor regular season is draft weekend is fun. More coverage for the vikes on national tv over the last 4 days than we will get all 2012 season.

  11. nathanbetz91 says: Apr 30, 2012 12:39 AM

    Actually went to high school with Tyler

  12. skolvikesskol says: Apr 30, 2012 12:46 AM

    I hope he wakes up… We dont need anymore sleepers, do we mr underwood?

  13. mnajb says: Apr 30, 2012 12:50 AM

    @supert1978
    Florio is/was a Vikings fan, and after a couple seasons among the dregs he writes with a reasonable negativity that we all can associate with at this point. Still, it was a good draft for the Purple.

  14. iheartharvin says: Apr 30, 2012 1:11 AM

    Why is it surprising? When a football team wins a handful of games in a couple years that’s what happens. Our team sucks right now.

  15. williamjheinecke says: Apr 30, 2012 1:22 AM

    It was posted by Posted by Evan Silva.

  16. vikes49 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:21 AM

    binkystevens says:
    Apr 29, 2012 10:59 PM
    I hear he likes taking if from behind

    You should be required to be over 21 to post on these sights!! Sick of reading all these teenage comments!!

  17. thepvyharvin says: Apr 30, 2012 8:54 AM

    binkystevens says:
    Apr 29, 2012 10:59 PM
    I hear he likes taking if from behind
    ====================================
    Only a Pack fan would know what that is like,,,I don’t understand??!!?

  18. jimmysee says: Apr 30, 2012 9:13 AM

    Derrick Coleman is looking forward to playing his home games back in familiar grounds when Vikings move west.

  19. rabidbillsfan says: Apr 30, 2012 10:32 AM

    @vikes49

    And here I thought the education that kids receive today is inadequate to what the kids of the early ’90′s and ’80′s received. But you just had to be the guy to prove my point wrong, didn’t you… Sights<Sites.

  20. purpleguy says: Apr 30, 2012 11:05 AM

    That has got to be the whitest LB I’ve ever seen, other than perhaps Karl Meklenburg. Well, I guess he is from Iowa.

  21. zn0rseman says: Apr 30, 2012 1:05 PM

    Nielsen is a stud. When I saw we got him as aUDFA, I was shocked. How the heck is a ball-hawk like home not drafted?!?

  22. foxmtbr says: May 1, 2012 12:08 AM

    Vikings guard Austin Pasztor

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    We signed him after the draft because we didn’t want to waste a draft pick on someone who was already on the team.

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