The Minnesota Vikings went into the 2013 NFL draft with 11 picks, and after some maneuvering by general manager Rick Spielman, they ended with nine new draftees.
In the end, the Vikings got three potential starters in the first round with defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. They also addressed needs at linebacker by drafting Penn State teammates Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti.
With the big-name players drafted, the job for teams is to now scour those remaining and quickly sign undrafted rookies that have the potential to help the team in the future after some development.
The Vikings' roster currently has nine players who went undrafted, including starting outside linebacker Erin Henderson.
The Vikings will be looking for the proverbial diamond in the rough, or more appropriately, a Hall of Famer among the unnoticed. Perhaps there is another John Randle out there who the Vikings signed as a rookie free agent in 1990. Following a 14-year career, including 11 with the Vikings, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
The Vikings signed a total of 10 undrafted rookies last year following the NFL draft. Only one of them stuck with the team—defensive tackle Chase Baker, who spent the year on the practice squad.
Here is a look at five potential undrafted rookies the Vikings should try to sign.