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COJOMAY
05-08-2006, 02:40 PM
Vikings, Saints working overtime
By Todd McShay
Scouts Inc.

The following is a breakdown of the top-10 players on my board still available follwing the draft, and where they've subsequently signed as free agents:

1. Charles Gordon, DC/RS, Kansas -- Minnesota Vikings
Gordon should simply be considered an "athlete", rather than labeled as a receiver or cornerback. He seemed far more comfortable at the wide receiver position in college, but might have more upside at cornerback in the NFL. Regardless, it was his marginal 40-yard dash times that kept him from being drafted. If the Vikings give him the proper coaching and time to develop, Gordon could emerge as a good sub-package cornerback and punt return specialist.

2. Brian Iwuh, DS/OLB, Colorado -- Jacksonville Jaguars
Iwuh isn't an ideal fit at either safety or linebacker, so it's unlikely he ever becomes a fulltime starter in the NFL. However, he has the versatility to line up as a nickel linebacker or situational run-stuffing safety. He also has the athletic ability, burst and tenacity to make an immediate impact on special teams. As a result, it won't be surprising to see Iwuh earn a roster spot for the Jaguars.

3. Eric Henderson, DE, Georgia Tech -- Cincinnati Bengals
Injuries hampered Henderson throughout his collegiate career and caused him to go undrafted. He also lacks ideal height and has room to improve in terms of his lower body strength and ability to anchor versus the run. However, Henderson's outstanding athletic ability, instincts, upper-body power and motor make him an intriguing free agent to monitor in training camp this summer. If Henderson can kick the injury bug and reach his full potential, the Bengals could be rewarded.

4. Anwar Phillips, DC, Penn State -- New Orleans Saints
As a former wide receiver, Phillips continued to make noticeable strides as a second-year starter at the cornerback position in 2005. He has good height, long arms and above average speed for his size. However, Phillips needs to get stronger to match up better in run support and to hold up in man-to-man coverage versus more physical receivers in the NFL. He also must become more consistent with his recognition skills and tackling. Character concerns cost Phillips a spot in the draft, but the Saints took a chance on him in the free-agent market. If Phillips can stay out of trouble and use the disappointment as motivation, he could emerge as the Saints' fifth cornerback coming out of training camp this summer.

5. Andre Hall, RB, South Florida -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Hall made a name for himself in his first season (2004) with South Florida after transferring from the JUCO ranks. He continued to improve his draft value with a productive senior season in 2005, followed by an impressive showing at the combine. Hall lacks size and strength, and is still a bit raw in the passing game. However, he is a dangerous runner because of his vision, body control and burst, and also flashes explosiveness as a receiver and kickoff return specialist. Coach Jon Gruden could fall in love with his versatility, which gives Hall a legitimate shot to make the Buccaneers' 53-man roster.

6. Tim Day, TE, Oregon -- Chicago Bears
Day does not possess elite top-end speed and is never going to be a dominant blocker in the NFL. He also has durability issues, which played a big part in him going undrafted. However, Day continued to get bigger, stronger, faster and more polished throughout his three seasons as a starter at Oregon. He also remained healthy and productive as a senior in 2005. Day has a terrific feel for the passing game and shows the potential to immediately contribute as a sure-handed situational receiver in the NFL. The Bears certainly need assistance in that area, which gives Day a chance to earn a roster spot as the third tight end behind Desmond Clark and John Gilmore this season.

7. Darrell Hackney, QB, UAB -- Cleveland Browns
Hackney put up some impressive numbers during his final two seasons as a starter at UAB. He is thick with adequate arm strength and above average athletic ability. However, his marginal size and durability issues were major red flags that caused him to go undrafted. Hackney has his work cut out this summer, as he attempts to unseat Derek Anderson as the third quarterback in Cleveland.

8. Greg Lee, WR, Pittsburgh -- Arizona Cardinals
Lee was very productive during his collegiate career and is a big, durable, strong athlete with the potential to develop into a sub-package possession receiver in the NFL. However, he lacks the initial burst, top-end speed and quick-twitch athleticism to transfer his big-play ability in the NFL. To make the Cardinals' roster, Lee will need to beat out seventh-round pick Todd Watkins -- among others -- for the fifth wide receiver spot.

9. Travis Williams, OLB, Auburn -- Atlanta Falcons
Williams is an undersized weak-side linebacker prospect with experience inside and outside. He lacks the size to play in most schemes as a starting WLB in the NFL and does not have much more room on his frame to grow. He also lacks the speed to play safety in the NFL. However, Williams is one of the most fundamentally sound and aggressive linebackers in this year's class, and also hits much harder than his frame would indicate. He is an instinctive, athletic, tough, cerebral football player with the toughness it takes to make a contribution at the next level. The Falcons still need depth at linebacker and Williams' versatility gives him a legitimate opportunity to make the cut.

10. Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico -- Minnesota Vikings
Baskett had his most productive season as a senior in 2005, finishing with 1,071 yards and nine TDs on 67 receptions. He is a big, physical receiver with impressive top-end speed and leaping ability for his size. However, Baskett is not a natural pass-catcher and seems to fight the ball at times. He also lacks quick-twitch athleticism and will need lots of technique work to improve his route-running skills to the point where he can consistently separate in the NFL. Baskett will be one of at least six youngsters competing for the fifth and final wide receiver spot on the Vikings' roster.

Other top Unsigned FA


Drew Olson, QB, UCLA -- Baltimore Ravens
Erik Meyer, QB, Eastern Washington -- Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Pinegar, QB, Fresno State -- Jacksonville Jaguars
Wendell Mathis, RB, Fresno State -- Minnesota Vikings
Taurean Henderson, RB, Texas Tech -- Minnesota Vikings
Gerald Riggs Jr., RB, Tennessee -- Miami Dolphins
Matt Bernstein, FB, Wisconsin -- Detroit Lions
Martin Nance, WR, Miami-OH -- Buffalo Bills
Miles Austin, WR, Monmouth -- Dallas Cowboys
Jovon Bouknight, WR, Wyoming -- Carolina Panthers
Troy Bienemann, TE, Washington State -- New Orleans Saints
Cooper Wallace, TE, Auburn -- Chicago Bears
Derek Morris, OT, N.C. State -- Kansas City Chiefs
Adam Stenavich, OG, Michigan -- Carolina Panthers
Patrick Ross, OC, Boston College -- Seattle Seahawks
Michael Degory, OC, Florida -- St. Louis Rams
Mike Kudla, DE, Ohio State -- Pittsburgh Steelers
Brandon Guillory, DE, Louisiana-Monroe -- Kansas City Chiefs
Tony McDaniel, DT, Tennessee -- Jacksonville Jaguars
T.J. Jackson, DT, Auburn -- Atlanta Falcons
Kai Parham, ILB, Virginia -- Dallas Cowboys
Dale Robinson, ILB, Arizona State -- Indianapolis Colts
Freddie Roach, ILB, Alabama -- New England Patriots
Spencer Havner, OLB, UCLA -- Washington Redskins
Darrell Hunter, DC, Miami-OH -- Arizona Cardinals
Dion Byrum, DC, Ohio -- Chicago Bears
Dwayne Slay, DS, Texas Tech -- Chicago Bears
Jahmile Addae, DS, West Virginia -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Most Successful Team

Going undrafted doesn't always spell doom for NFL hopefuls. There is a long list of NFL greats who entered the league as rookie free agents, including Warren Moon, John Randle, Priest Holmes, Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme. That's why many front offices put great emphasis on signing priority free agents immediately following the conclusion of the draft.

Some teams obviously take this part of the process more seriously than others. There are still some top prospects that have yet to be signed, but the following is my opinion of the six most successful teams during the free-agent signing period to date:

1. Minnesota Vikings
Key additions: Charles Gordon, DC/RS, Kansas; Wendell Mathis, RB, Fresno State; Taurean Henderson, RB, Texas Tech; Cory Ross, RB, Nebraska; Drew Olson, QB, UCLA; Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico; Ed Hinkel, WR, Iowa; Barrick Nealy, QB, Texas State.

slinkey
05-08-2006, 03:26 PM
lets hope there are some future greats in there!

Ltrey33
05-08-2006, 04:11 PM
I hope Olson at least makes the practice squad. I think he could be a decent backup.

VikesfaninWis
05-08-2006, 04:19 PM
I think Baskett, and Nealy might have something in them..

snowinapril
05-08-2006, 04:24 PM
I don't remember seeing Drew Olson's name anywhere. very cool!

T.Henderson from Texas Tech could be a total sleeper. A RB at Tech is basically a WR. With the amount of passing they do, the RB blocks and catches the ball. Someone like that probably hasn't had a ton of wear and tear, and his running ability could have been masked behind the pass happy offense.

Ed Hinkel is an interesting pick up at WR.

Let's see who makes the team and the practice squad.

I think that we did an excellent job with the UDFA. We have a lot of talent to evaluate during our camps.

cajunvike
05-08-2006, 04:29 PM
Maybe a couple of diamonds in the rough will make up for our CRAPPY draft!!!

farvathevikinglover
05-08-2006, 04:35 PM
"cajunvike" wrote:

Maybe a couple of diamonds in the rough will make up for our CRAPPY draft!!!
maybe a couple of guys in our crappy draft will turn out to be diamonds in the rough themselves.

whackthepack
05-08-2006, 05:47 PM
"COJOMAY" wrote:

Vikings, Saints working overtime
By Todd McShay
Scouts Inc.



Drew Olson, QB, UCLA -- Baltimore Ravens
Kai Parham, ILB, Virginia -- Dallas Cowboys


Most Successful Team

Going undrafted doesn't always spell doom for NFL hopefuls. There is a long list of NFL greats who entered the league as rookie free agents, including Warren Moon, John Randle, Priest Holmes, Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme. That's why many front offices put great emphasis on signing priority free agents immediately following the conclusion of the draft.

Some teams obviously take this part of the process more seriously than others. There are still some top prospects that have yet to be signed, but the following is my opinion of the six most successful teams during the free-agent signing period to date:

1. Minnesota Vikings
Key additions: Charles Gordon, DC/RS, Kansas; Wendell Mathis, RB, Fresno State; Taurean Henderson, RB, Texas Tech; Cory Ross, RB, Nebraska; Drew Olson, QB, UCLA; Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico; Ed Hinkel, WR, Iowa; Barrick Nealy, QB, Texas State.

Olson was signed by the Ravens not Minnesota.


Kai Parham

I wish that the Vikes would have signed Kai Parham was projected to be a 2nd to 4th round pick by a lot of draft experts and would have been some more help at LB.

snowinapril
05-08-2006, 07:17 PM
"whackthepack" wrote:

"COJOMAY" wrote:

Vikings, Saints working overtime
By Todd McShay
Scouts Inc.



Drew Olson, QB, UCLA -- Baltimore Ravens
Kai Parham, ILB, Virginia -- Dallas Cowboys


Most Successful Team

Going undrafted doesn't always spell doom for NFL hopefuls. There is a long list of NFL greats who entered the league as rookie free agents, including Warren Moon, John Randle, Priest Holmes, Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme. That's why many front offices put great emphasis on signing priority free agents immediately following the conclusion of the draft.

Some teams obviously take this part of the process more seriously than others. There are still some top prospects that have yet to be signed, but the following is my opinion of the six most successful teams during the free-agent signing period to date:

1. Minnesota Vikings
Key additions: Charles Gordon, DC/RS, Kansas; Wendell Mathis, RB, Fresno State; Taurean Henderson, RB, Texas Tech; Cory Ross, RB, Nebraska; Drew Olson, QB, UCLA; Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico; Ed Hinkel, WR, Iowa; Barrick Nealy, QB, Texas State.

Olson was signed by the Ravens not Minnesota.


Kai Parham

I wish that the Vikes would have signed Kai Parham was projected to be a 2nd to 4th round pick by a lot of draft experts and would have been some more help at LB.

Whack, good catch!

I didn't think he was with the Vikes, I thought I missed something previously.

BadlandsVikings
05-08-2006, 07:20 PM
You would hope at least one of these would amount to something.

badbois
05-08-2006, 08:07 PM
what happend to us being so good and deep that rookie fa's wouldn't come here because they didn't have a chance at making the team? apperently, the outlook for them has improved.

SharperImage42
05-08-2006, 08:10 PM
omg we got drew olson???????? YES!!!!!!!!

Vikes_King
05-08-2006, 09:56 PM
i think henderson and baskett could both be good pick ups, henderson will be a good with w/ mewelde in the west coast offensive scheme

Natedogg
05-08-2006, 10:23 PM
baskett is good i saw him tear up my weak SDSU team, so we'll see. Drew Olsen would have been a nice pick up if the Ravens didnt grab him first. Lets hope Charles turns out to be a stud in the future.

ChiTownVike
05-08-2006, 10:34 PM
Drew Olsen didnt make a team??

WOW, I didnt know that!

Ltrey33
05-08-2006, 10:42 PM
"SharperImage42" wrote:

omg we got drew olson???????? YES!!!!!!!!

Nope...he went to the Ravens. That article is wrong.

shawn9876uss
05-08-2006, 10:45 PM
I am so glad they busted there arse to get them signed

Perch56
05-08-2006, 11:10 PM
ed hinkel is amazing and nealy should make the team, also i want to know if that is that nebraska rb(ross) that ran all over michigan in that bowl game

midgensa
05-08-2006, 11:30 PM
I was very happy with the signing of Gordon who I think could have been a Day 1 guy with a little bit better of 40-time ... also hope that one of those RBs can pan out.

MensaTice
05-08-2006, 11:54 PM
Has anyone seen Hank Baskett play? Everything I've read about him is positive but not sure if its from someone who has seen him or just read about him.

Rock Chalk Charles Gordon

PurplePeopleEaters89
05-09-2006, 12:05 AM
WOW!!! i can't believe we got all those guys in FA!!! I like the Baskett guy!!

vegasvike
05-09-2006, 08:00 AM
I had no idea that we picked up Ed Hink and C. Ross! I really think that they have a chance of making the roster especially on ST

purplepride818
05-09-2006, 08:15 AM
"MensaTice" wrote:

Has anyone seen Hank Baskett play? Everything I've read about him is positive but not sure if its from someone who has seen him or just read about him.

Rock Chalk Charles Gordon

he looks pretty damn good to me.

cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/...ollbars=no

purplepride818
05-09-2006, 08:19 AM
sorry thats a bad ink.

use this one he's number 18 in the rankings

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/prospects?rank_type=8

BigEasyViking
05-09-2006, 04:17 PM
"Perch56" wrote:

ed hinkel is amazing and nealy should make the team, also i want to know if that is that nebraska rb(ross) that ran all over michigan in that bowl game

Yeah, that is Cory Ross from NEBRASKA! I was at that game and have watched him throughout his career with the Huskers and I think that he is a very good pick up. A lot of people give him a bad rating because of his size but they don't take heart into the equasion. Also, I remember a certain RB from Oklahoma State that people doubted due to his size and I think that he turned out OK.(Barry Sanders) I am by no stretch of the imagination comparing him to Sanders, but he was a solid back for Nebraska that seemed to pick up his game when the game was on the line. I like the pick up a lot! I may be biased due to the fact that I'm an AVID HUSKER FAN so make your own decision.

stateVIKE44
05-09-2006, 04:36 PM
"vegasvike" wrote:

I had no idea that we picked up Ed Hink and C. Ross! I really think that they have a chance of making the roster especially on ST

I dont know where everyone is seeing that the Vikings picked up Cory Ross and Ed Hinkel, but i'm pretty sure they both signed with the Ravens not the Vikings.

whackthepack
05-09-2006, 05:18 PM
They guy that wrote the article has UCLA QB Drew Olsen going to us, but he went to the Ravens.

Vikings | Team signs UDFA M. Hopoi
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:39:38 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent DT Manase Hopoi (Washington) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA J. Mitchell
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:38:05 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent DE Jayme Mitchell (Mississippi) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA W. Mathis
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:37:14 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent RB Wendell Mathis (Fresno State) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA R. Cobb
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:35:15 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent CB Robert Cobb (Massachusetts) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA D. Penn
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:33:13 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent OT Donald Penn (Utah State) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA C. Gordon
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:30:51 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent CB Charles Gordon (Kansas) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA J. Palermo
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:29:38 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent OL Jason Palermo (Wisconsin) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA J. Torp
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:27:57 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent P John Torp (Colorado) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA T. Henderson
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:26:12 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent RB Taurean Henderson (Texas Tech) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA S. Jackson
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:20:10 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent FB Steven Jackson (Clemson) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA A. Stinson
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:19:21 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent OT Albert Stinson (Jackson State) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA H. Baskett
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:16:12 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent WR Hank Baskett (New Mexico) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA B. Nealy
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:13:54 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent WR Barrick Nealy (Texas State) to an undisclosed contract. He played quarterback in college.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA K. Smith
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:13:03 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent WR Kyle Smith (Youngstown State) to an undisclosed contract.

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Vikings | Team signs UDFA J. Carter
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:12:04 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent WR Jason Carter (Texas A&M) to an undisclosed contract.
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Vikings | Team signs UDFA K. McKenzie
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:05:43 -0700

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent LB Kyle McKenzie (Minnesota) to an undisclosed contract.

vegasvike
05-09-2006, 11:40 PM
"stateVIKE44" wrote:

"vegasvike" wrote:

I had no idea that we picked up Ed Hink and C. Ross! I really think that they have a chance of making the roster especially on ST

I dont know where everyone is seeing that the Vikings picked up Cory Ross and Ed Hinkel, but i'm pretty sure they both signed with the Ravens not the Vikings.


1. Minnesota Vikings
Key additions: Charles Gordon, DC/RS, Kansas; Wendell Mathis, RB, Fresno State; Taurean Henderson, RB, Texas Tech; Cory Ross, RB, Nebraska; Drew Olson, QB, UCLA; Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico; Ed Hinkel, WR, Iowa; Barrick Nealy, QB, Texas Stat

It was on the first page of this thread, I hope it's not wrong

stateVIKE44
05-09-2006, 11:50 PM
"vegasvike" wrote:

"stateVIKE44" wrote:

"vegasvike" wrote:

I had no idea that we picked up Ed Hink and C. Ross! I really think that they have a chance of making the roster especially on ST

I dont know where everyone is seeing that the Vikings picked up Cory Ross and Ed Hinkel, but i'm pretty sure they both signed with the Ravens not the Vikings.


1. Minnesota Vikings
Key additions: Charles Gordon, DC/RS, Kansas; Wendell Mathis, RB, Fresno State; Taurean Henderson, RB, Texas Tech; Cory Ross, RB, Nebraska; Drew Olson, QB, UCLA; Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico; Ed Hinkel, WR, Iowa; Barrick Nealy, QB, Texas Stat

It was on the first page of this thread, I hope it's not wrong

I see....I think it is wrong, they put that we had Drew Olson on there too, i think for some reason they got the Vikes and the Ravens mixed up. I believe all of them are correct except Drew Olson, Ed Hinkel, and Cory Ross. We still got good UDFA's at those positions though so i wouldnt worry too much about it.

stateVIKE44
05-10-2006, 12:06 AM
This site says Cory Ross, Ed Hinkel, and Drew Olson were all signed by the Ravens.

The Red Zone (http://www.theredzone.org/2005/draft/udfa/showteam.asp?Team=Ravens)

vegasvike
05-10-2006, 12:14 AM
Man that sucks. I just saw it, I wish we could have gotten them

stateVIKE44
05-10-2006, 12:16 AM
I agree but with the Depth we already have, and the UDFA's we picked up we are set. Baskett is going to be better than Hinkel IMO, and think Henderson will also be a better option for us than Ross than would have been. Just my opinion of course.