A player selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft is virtually guaranteed of making it onto a regular-season roster, but Vikings fourth-round pick Willie Beavers is an exception.
Beavers, a guard from Western Michigan, went to the Vikings with the 121st overall pick in this year’s draft. But yesterday the Vikings put him on waivers, making him the highest-drafted player not to make his team. And today no team claimed him on waivers.
Failing to make the team is a strong indication that the Vikings thought Beavers came up well short of expectations. And clearing waivers as a fourth-round pick is a strong indication that other teams around the league never thought Beavers should have been drafted that high in the first place.
It’s still possible that Beavers could wind up on the practice squad, either in Minnesota or elsewhere, but at the moment he’s looking like one of the early disappointments of the 2016 NFL draft.