As far as glamor positions in professional sports go, being on the practice squad of an NFL team isn't exactly like playing shortstop for the New York Yankees.
Still, recent college graduates could do a heck of a lot worse than the minimum salary of around $89,000 paid to guys wearing the weird numbers and holding the dummies at the practice facilities around the National Football League.
More importantly for the 256 or so athletes that are signed to practice squads is that the dream lives. The dream is just one injury, one suspension or one horrible performance away. Like high performing pitchers in AAA baseball, NFL practice squad players are always just a moment away from the bright lights.
For a team in full on rebuilding mode like the Minnesota Vikings, the practice squad players have a giant opportunity to become valuable commodities. The team will be very young in 2012 and with that, there will be changes from week to week as to which 46 players suit up on Sundays.
With the NFL increasing off-season roster limits to 90 this year, the pre-season chances will be even slimmer than before, so the undrafted free agents and fringe pickups will have to make the absolute most of their snaps to catch the eyes of the coaching staff.
The Vikings had a stellar draft class and signed a slew of undrafted free agents, so the competition for the eight practice squad spots will be steep. Here is a look at some players who have a great chance to land on the Vikings reserve eight.