Jake Browning one of 10 undrafted rookies to sign with Vikings

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The Vikings added a fourth quarterback to their roster on Monday.

Jake Browning was one of 10 undrafted rookies signed by the Vikings after the draft wrapped up on Saturday. He joins Kirk Cousins, Kyle Sloter and Sean Mannion on the depth chart in Minnesota.

Browning was a four-year starter at the University of Washington and wrapped up his career with 12,296 passing yards while completing 64.6 percent of his passes. He threw 94 touchdowns and 34 interceptions while also running for 17 touchdowns during his run with the Huskies.

The Vikings also signed Miami defensive tackle Tito Odenigbo, who will join his brother Ifeadi in drills once the rookies join the rest of the team. The team has also invited UAB defensive back Mar’Sean Diggs to their rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. He’s the younger brother of wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

The other eight undrafted additions are Tennessee safety Micah Abernathy, Vanderbilt fullback Khari Blasingame, Sam Houston State wide receiver Davion Davis, Marian tight end Brandon Dillon, Georgia Tech defensive end Anree Saint-Amour, UCLA cornerback Nate Meadors, Eastern Illinois wide receiver Alexander Hollins and Western Michigan center John Keenoy.

13 responses to “Jake Browning one of 10 undrafted rookies to sign with Vikings

  1. I was actually very surprised that the Vikings, once again, ignored drafting a QB over the weekend.

    With just 2 short years to go, to get out from under the disastrous and desperate decision to overpay Cousins, you’d think this team would want to line someone up, who’s prepared to hit the ground running when their time has come.

    But leave it to Spieldope to address the underutilized position of QB a shade too late. Again!

  2. I think Browning’s acquisition means either Manning or Sloter get traded or released towards the end of training camp.

    That of course assumes that Browning performs well in the preseason.

  3. My complaint over Spielman’s draft strategy is trading back and back and back accumulating 6th and 7th rounders instead of impact players in the 3rd & 4th rounds. I’d rather walk away with 4 players who will start or contribute this season than bringing in 10 camp bodies and see what shakes out.

  4. tiny

    Speilman did draft impact players in both the 3rd and 4th rounds.

    By trading back, he added a 5th round pick to add another quality player.

    I’d rather have my GM do smart trades and still get the players he wanted than trade draft picks away to move up to draft a player that would still be have been available anyway.

  5. tinye67 says:
    April 29, 2019 at 1:01 pm
    My complaint over Spielman’s draft strategy is trading back and back and back accumulating 6th and 7th rounders instead of impact players in the 3rd & 4th rounds. I’d rather walk away with 4 players who will start or contribute this season than bringing in 10 camp bodies and see what shakes out.
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    I like our strategy in bringing in as many players as possible. If it weren’t for this method we wouldn’t have Adam Theilen. Also we have a pretty decent track record with finding good players in the later rounds.

  6. Hey, if the Vikes hadn’t had so much previous success with late round picks and street free agents, I would agree with the concern over Speilman’s trade down/collect 6th and 7th rounder process.

    And what kind of moron would suggest drafting a QB with a high pick when the team already has so much cap room committed to a starter for the next 2 years (who by the way was top 10 in completion %, yards and QBR)? Cousins may not be all that great, but there are cap and economic considerations at play. Oh wait, I just saw who suggested that. . . .

  7. I don’t think Cousins was all that bad. He had to play behind a really bad offensive line so we could’ve had Tom Brady and it wouldn’t of made much difference. With the players they’re bringing in for the O line and Kubiaks zone blocking things will look a lot different. QB has to be the one position with the most busts. How many QB’s are taken each year with the idea they’re going to save the franchise and 95% flop. Not sure why a team would waste a draft pick on a QB you know doesn’t have what it takes. Sign a Veteran.

  8. Almost all teams only bring 4 QB’s into training camp, it makes little sense to have a 5th because there are only so many reps to go around. But then again, most teams don’t spend $84 million guaranteed on a QB that ranks in the middle of the pack so I can understand Spielman’s hope against hope that an Undrafted college player somehow emerges as a franchise QB that takes the Viking’s to the Superbowl. Frankly, you got a better chance buying a Lotto ticket at your local 7-11.

  9. whatjusthapped says:
    April 30, 2019 at 9:01 am
    Almost all teams only bring 4 QB’s into training camp, it makes little sense to have a 5th because there are only so many reps to go around. But then again, most teams don’t spend $84 million guaranteed on a QB that ranks in the middle of the pack so I can understand Spielman’s hope against hope that an Undrafted college player somehow emerges as a franchise QB that takes the Viking’s to the Superbowl. Frankly, you got a better chance buying a Lotto ticket at your local 7-11.
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    The Vikings are only bringing 4 QB’s into training camp, so not sure where you’re trying to go with that comment.

  10. whatjusthapped says:
    April 30, 2019 at 9:01 am
    Almost all teams only bring 4 QB’s into training camp, it makes little sense to have a 5th because there are only so many reps to go around. But then again, most teams don’t spend $84 million guaranteed on a QB that ranks in the middle of the pack so I can understand Spielman’s hope against hope that an Undrafted college player somehow emerges as a franchise QB that takes the Viking’s to the Superbowl. Frankly, you got a better chance buying a Lotto ticket at your local 7-11.
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    Jake Browning has already won as many career games as Deshone Kizer has in the NFL, so its not like GB is in good shape when Rodgers gets hurt.

  11. Spielman’s draft strategy was genius. Think about the fact the Vikings have limited cap space and that outside the first two rounds the success rate of draftees drops precipitously. Third round picks bust more than succeed and you pay them more than 4th/5th/6th and 7th round picks who have almost as high success rate.

    He got virtually guaranteed starters/contributors in rounds 1-3 at positions of need and has 8 camp bodies lottery tickets. If none pan out, he can cut them without a cap hit. If any/all pan out, he’s got them signed for peanuts (R4-7 rookie contracts).

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