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Former UCLA running back Derrick Coleman never rushed for 1,000 yards during his four-year career but has an amazing story.
Running back was the one position the Minnesota Vikings shouldn't have had concerns about in 2012.
But with Adrian Peterson recovering from an ACL injury (his status for 2012 is unknown) and Toby Gerhart recovering from an MCL injury (he's expected to be ready for the beginning of 2012), the position is a question mark.
It was a position Minnesota could have addressed in the 2012 NFL draft but opted to do so through free agency instead. UCLA's Derrick Coleman is the lone running back Minnesota signed as an undrafted free agent.
Coleman's best season at UCLA was this past fall when he rushed for 794 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He isn't known as a receiving back, with 17 receptions during his four-year career at UCLA, but he is a big back. He's 6'1" and 240 pounds and with that type of size, he could be a valuable goal-line or short-yardage back.
Minnesota has four running backs on its roster in addition to Coleman and two are recovering from injuries.
With bruising backs like Gerhart and Peterson, Minnesota isn't in dire need of a goal-line or short-yardage back, barring major setbacks by Gerhart or AP.
Coleman ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at UCLA's pro day, a time that resembles a fullback more so than a running back. His limited abilities as a pass-catching back and lack of speed lead me to believe he'll have a difficult time making Minnesota's roster.
If Peterson or Gerhart suffer any major setbacks, then the path to the roster would be much easier for Coleman. Expect him to get a practice squad invite.
*Coleman is a hearing-impaired running back. Read the story ESPN Los Angeles wrote last fall.*