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Vikings announce deals with 16 undrafted rookies

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The Vikings were short on draft picks last weekend, the result of their trade for a third first-rounder which they used on wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

As a result, they have a few more spots to fill with other rookies, and agreed to deals with 16 of them Tuesday.

The list includes Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg, North Carolina wide receiver Erik Highsmith, Eastern Washington wide receiver Nicholas Edwards, N.C. State safety Brandan Bishop, UNLV running back Bradley Randle, Furman running back Jerodis Williams, Furman tight end Colin Anderson, SMU fullback Zach Line, Georgia Southern safety Darius Eubanks, Ohio State linebacker Nathan Williams, N.C. State center Camden Wentz, Portland State defensive end Marquis Jackson, Glenville State tackle Mark Jackson, Kentucky defensive end Collins Ukwu, Florida State defensive tackle Anthony McCloud and Florida State wide receiver Rodney Smith.

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  1. shaggytoodle says: Apr 30, 2013 4:30 PM

    They didn’t even take the best WR at Tennessee.

    When Patterson goes on his droughts, they are going to wish they took Hunter.

  2. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 30, 2013 4:32 PM

    Two Florida State guys to go along with the two we drafted and Christian Ponder. I guess that means next year all the draft experts will expect us to draft a guy from Florida State because Rick Spielman loves Florida State players.

  3. glennsyank13 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:33 PM

    They should have drafted more punters. Looks like all of them are taken by now or they’d have signed a few more.

  4. alecanthony says: Apr 30, 2013 4:33 PM

    Super Bowl or bust #skolvikings

  5. ammarradhi says: Apr 30, 2013 4:33 PM

    Ponder your time is running out, they are even looking at undrafted QB’s.

    I guess Cris Carter’s son didn’t make the tryout!

  6. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    All starters!

  7. fantasyfootballguru12 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    Vandenberg!? I know he will just be an extra arm for camp, but still…there are so many better options out there.

  8. theclaim says: Apr 30, 2013 4:40 PM

    I want to hear theskolbandits take on these guys, he KNOWS his college prospects!

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:40 PM

    With the signing of James Vandenberg, it sounds like the Vikings are greatly concerned with Ponder’s noodle arm.

  10. theskolbandit says: Apr 30, 2013 4:41 PM

    Maybe there is a diamond in the rough but highly doubtfull.

  11. mobuccsfan says: Apr 30, 2013 4:41 PM

    Thought that said James VanDerBeek (sp?) at first lol. Ha ha.

  12. expertop says: Apr 30, 2013 4:43 PM

    I’m pretty sure they drafted 8 players in 7 rounds. Is that “short of draft picks”?

  13. expertop says: Apr 30, 2013 4:44 PM

    Or was it 9? Better load up on free agents with all that extra roster space.

  14. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 30, 2013 4:52 PM

    expertop says:Apr 30, 2013 4:43 PM

    I’m pretty sure they drafted 8 players in 7 rounds. Is that “short of draft picks”?
    ______

    Excellent point! They drafted 9 players, which is one more than average, but they’re perceived to be short of picks because they didn’t pick in the second or third round. They had more picks than most teams and a third of them were first rounders.

  15. vikesallday says: Apr 30, 2013 4:52 PM

    Now that we have the Cris Carter back on our team with Adrian Peterson it’s time for LIGHTS OUT FOOTBALL from your Minesota Vikings loosers! It’s nto even possible to have it be better than a Vikings.

  16. bloomer006999999 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:53 PM

    shaggytoodle says: Apr 30, 2013 4:30 PM

    They didn’t even take the best WR at Tennessee.

    When Patterson goes on his droughts, they are going to wish they took Hunter.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You are correct … they didn’t. We took the 2nd best WR in the COMPLETE draft. Some scouts had Patterson the best WR in this past draft class.

    While Hunter is probably going to be a decent WR. Most people are more intrigued by the elite talent the he possesses, which Hunter doesn’t have.

    BTW … you can add Duron Carter WR to this list as well.

  17. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 30, 2013 4:59 PM

    ammarradhi says:Apr 30, 2013 4:33 PM

    Ponder your time is running out, they are even looking at undrafted QB’s.

    I guess Cris Carter’s son didn’t make the tryout!
    _______

    These are players who were signed, not players who are invited to try out for an invitation to camp. I don’t think they often sign players out of these tryout camps, but they did sign Marcus Sherels and he’s been on the team for three years.

  18. theskolbandit says: Apr 30, 2013 5:03 PM

    @theclaim aka Pat aka morphious aka Sammy Baughs #1 fan

    Truthfully Berg I’m aware of the WR’s on the list and the Iowa QB but most of them must have flew under my radar this year. I know the WR from Eastern Wa is a BALLER they might have found something there.
    BANDIT@only the truth.com

  19. mikebyrne1502 says: Apr 30, 2013 5:03 PM

    Some of these signings don’t correspond to what’s listed on NFL.com that RB from Fresno state Robbie Rouse signed with them also

  20. thacheez says: Apr 30, 2013 5:06 PM

    I think Nicholas Edwards makes the team.. STUD! Reppin #BIGSKY

  21. swede700 says: Apr 30, 2013 5:08 PM

    They were short on draft picks? They drafted 9 players, only 2 less than they started with. That’s not exactly short. That’s still 2 more than there are rounds.

  22. swedishfish14 says: Apr 30, 2013 5:20 PM

    Darius Eubanks is the bomb! I hope he makes the team. He looks like a great player.

  23. albertmn says: Apr 30, 2013 5:20 PM

    These guys are likely all just training camp fodder. So, any of the previous commentors trying to claim any of them mean anything are just being silly.

    You never know if one can make the team, or even turn into the next John Randle (the undrafted FA part, not necessarily the DT part). But, none of them are expected to do too much. It will just be a nice bonus if they work out.

  24. fantasyfootballguru12 says: Apr 30, 2013 5:23 PM

    Vandenburg sucks! All Iowa fans were celebrating after his last game, because they were happy they wouldn’t have to watch him lose games anymore. Someone who disagrees, please give me proof of why I am wrong!

  25. zn0rseman says: Apr 30, 2013 5:44 PM

    A few points that the writer neglected to make…

    The Vikings had 9, that’s NINE, draft picks. That gives them more draft picks than half of the rest of the league.

    That trade effectively converted a late 2nd round pick into a late 1st round pick, at the cost of a 3rd round pick and a 7th round pick. That is a good trade.

    James Vandenberg was blamed for being the QB for the worst Iowa Hawkeyes team since the 1970′s. His receivers were awful. His line was so bad that too often he couldn’t complete a three step drop before he was hit. Many, how shall we say, less intuitive, Hawk fans blamed Vandenberg for the Hawkeyes miserable season. Yet he was a victim of a talentless offense combined with a transition his senior year to a whole new offensive system and all new offensive coaches. In my opinion he is a better QB than Ricky Stanzi who just inherited a team void of offensive talent. He’s got a great arm. his passes are accurate. At the combine he was one of the top performing QB’s. At his pro day he was 55/56 with the lone incompletion a dropped but perfectly thrown pass. (Dropped by Iowa WR Keenan “Stonehands” Davis) I’m not saying he’s the next Tony Romo, but I think he could be and I hope all the best for the kid.

  26. slette says: Apr 30, 2013 5:50 PM

    My two favorite teams are the Hawkeyes, and nothing made me happier in the past than seeing Chad Greenway or Christian Ballard join the Vikes. That said, I hope Vandenberg is cut before the end of this week, just because he is terrible and didn’t do squat for the Hawkeyes. While I’m at it, I hope he defaults on his student loans and takes longer than expected to find a job with his degree.

  27. slette says: Apr 30, 2013 5:51 PM

    Hawkeyes and the Vikings, I should have said. No one has ever accused me of typing concisely.

  28. alex7awesome says: Apr 30, 2013 5:58 PM

    All these players have a better chance of tackling Kaepernick than the Packers defense

  29. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 30, 2013 6:08 PM

    zn0rseman says:Apr 30, 2013 5:44 PM

    That trade effectively converted a late 2nd round pick into a late 1st round pick, at the cost of a 3rd round pick and a 7th round pick. That is a good trade.
    _____

    The trade also included a fourth-round pick. I think it was probably still worth it, but it wasn’t quite the fleecing that you suggest.

  30. 7ransponder says: Apr 30, 2013 7:10 PM

    You know your rivals are worried when the first several posts from them on every Vikings story is from a non-Viking fan.

    Skol suckers. We’re comin’ for ya.

  31. shaggytoodle says: Apr 30, 2013 7:54 PM

    bloomer006999999 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:53 PM

    You are correct … they didn’t. We took the 2nd best WR in the COMPLETE draft. Some scouts had Patterson the best WR in this past draft class.

    While Hunter is probably going to be a decent WR. Most people are more intrigued by the elite talent the he possesses, which Hunter doesn’t have.
    ______

    I disagree, Patterson has been known to disappear for 30 plays a game.

    I think the Vikings need someone more consistent. Everyone’s boards are different and from what I believe Hunter was not only the 2nd best WR this class, but a better fit for Minny.

    If Patterson is elite talent picked up late in the first. What kind of untapped potential does Ponder have being a top 15 pick in a better draft class a few years ago?

    The Vikings are known to reach at times, I think this was one of them.

  32. theytukrjobs says: Apr 30, 2013 8:33 PM

    Yeah really they drafted 9 players, 3 of which were in the first round.

    I’m not sure what is normal but 16 rookie FA’s does seem like a lot.

  33. zn0rseman says: Apr 30, 2013 9:00 PM

    16 or so UDFA’s is pretty standard for a team in the offseason.

    That is correct, the trade did include one of the Vikings two fourth round picks.

    Patterson is rated anywhere between the top WR in the draft, to the 4th WR in the draft. Regardless of where he is rated one thing is universally true and that is hat he is the most athletic receiver in the draft this year with the highest upside. The WR position has the highest bust percentage of any position, but if this kid doesn’t bust he could be spectacular.

    Any so-called Iowa fans who rip on Vandenberg aren’t paying attention. His line was bad, his receivers were terrible and he was victimized by an Iowa team in transition with all new offensive coaching staff and an all new offensive system. He’s a kid from small town Iowa who chose to go play at Iowa in spite of scholorship offers to other schools. He worked hard, played his backside off and was a victim of circumstance which hurt his career terribly. People should be pulling for him, not ripping on him. Tom Brady couldn’t have QB’d Iowa to a bowl game this year.

  34. gcounterman says: May 1, 2013 9:49 AM

    Nicholas Edwards is a major sleeper signing – if the kid stays healthy, he’ll be special. Mark my words.

  35. Frazier28/7 says: May 1, 2013 3:52 PM

    Half of those undrafted players are better than the Packers third day picks.

  36. rashad1997 says: May 20, 2013 1:53 AM

    Training camp fodder? Wow! Please don’t sleep on my little cousin Bradley Randle! In fact he has a lot of film on YouTube. Including a massive hit that made it on espn. The problem is, since he didn’t play as much as he should have, very few people know who he is. However, I ask all of you to search him and see if he is fodder afterwards. Thanks guys!

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