The Minnesota Vikings have signed a number of undrafted free agents after last weekends NFL draft but which players should the fans keep an eye on? Here is our list of most intriguing UDFAs.
The Minnesota Vikings are filling out their rookie class by signing a number of UDFAs, as they do every season. We have seen this franchise cultivate hall of fame players out of the rookie free agent pool in the past (John Randle), but these signings are usually training camp casualties. Here are two undrafted players the Vikings recently signed that have a chance to make a difference in the future.
Hercules Mata’afa, DT (kind of), Washington State
Mata’afa was a defensive tackle in college and was pretty darn good at it. Only problem is that he’s 6’2″, 254 Lbs, which is small for Division I college football standards and will be impossible to continue at DT in the NFL, thus rendering him a “tweener” looking for a position. I can think of several things worse than a consensus all-american without a position.
NFL.com’s scouting report of Mata’afa lists both his toughness and motor as two of his strengths which leads us to believe Zimmer will be able to find a spot on this team. A definite dark horse to win a spot on the roster.
Jake Weineke, WR, South Dakota State
Weineke has the “one of us” factor that we enjoy so much in this state and after the recent success of a certain undrafted free agent WR from Minnesota over the past couple seasons, the intrigue is hard to deny here. According to his NFL.com scouting report, Weineke grew up idolizing Randy Moss and trying to emulate his techniques when the ball is thrown to him deep.
The South Dakota State product’s scouting report reads a lot like the Mankato Kid’s does: full route tree, good down field blocker, gains separation because of his precise route running. Let’s not hold these comparisons against Weineke, but we will be watching him during training camp this year.
These are the two most intriguing UDFAs the Vikings have signed, you can find a full list of their signings here.