Tracking Minnesota Vikings' 2012 NFL Undrafted Free Agent Signings

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2012

BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 04:  Rudy Carpenter #12 of the Arizona State Sun Devils is chased by Ernest Owusu #95 of the California Golden Bears during an NCAA football game at Memorial Stadium on October 4, 2008 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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I liked most of the Minnesota Vikings' draft and feel the same way about their priority free-agent signings. Some are questionable, some are rock solid—some are a little of both.

Let's take a closer look at the players who will be showing up to camp very soon.

I've broken this down into positions rather than individuals so that you can flip right to the position you're interested in.

Derrick Coleman RB UCLA

Coleman is a strong runner between the tackles, but only has one gear, so he's not accelerating away from anyone and he's not explosive out of the hole to begin with. Coleman is pretty one-dimensional, but might find his way to the practice squad as emergency depth.

Kamar Jorden WR Bowling Green

What I've seen from Jorden is pretty unimpressive, as he just seems to lack the athleticism of an NFL player. He looks good at times, but he just doesn't have the overall skill it will take for him to carve out a place on the roster.

Austin Pasztor G Virginia

Quentin Saulsberry C Mississippi State

Darrion Weems OT Oregon 

Pasztor, Saulsberry and Weems are all big guys who could emerge as solid depth at the guard position. As much as I disliked the offensive skill position guys they signed here, I love the O-line selections.

Eric Latimore DE Penn State

Kevin Cyrille DE Florida Atlantic

Ernest Owusu DE Cal

Chase Baker DT Boise State

Tydreke Powell DT North Carolina

Terrell Resonno DT Missouri

Latimore is the guy whose name you might recognize since he played next to Devon Still. However, given the attention Still got paid, you'd think Latimore should have had better production. Ultimately, he needs to bring his game up a lot, improve his run defense and not get caught up on the line as much as happened this past year.

On the other hand, you may not know Ernest Owusu, but Vikings fans should look him up. Owusu wowed scouts at his pro day with 39 reps on the bench press and impressive speed in the 40, running a 4.79 combined. He's athletic and looks good on tape—of this bunch, I think he's most likely to find a roster spot.

Baker is an interesting prospect, but is really slow—even for a nose tackle. Powell is slow as well, but stronger and more solid at the point of attack.

Tyler Nielsen LB Iowa

Nielsen has been one of Mike Mayock's favorite sleepers forever, so I've kept an eye on his draft progress. I wasn't shocked he didn't get selected, but, as Mayock points out, he's a great special-teams acquisition and has the upside to be a starter in the league. It may take a while, as he's got some rough edges to his game.

Bobby Felder CB Nicholls State

C.C. Whitlock CB South Carolina

Felder is an interesting prospect who ran a 4.5 on his pro day after an improved senior year. He's a special teams ace as well, having blocked three kicks this year and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown his junior year.

He's going to stick on special teams if he shows that heart in camp—I have a feeling he might repeat the success of fellow Nicholls State alum Lardarius Webb and get a shot at starting.

Whitlock has ability, but no common sense. He was suspended twice from the Gamecocks football team once a week after he was reinstated from the first suspension. He will last all of about five seconds if his judgment hasn't been switched on in the interim time.