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Greg Childs enters his second season after missing all of 2012.
53. DT Everett Dawkins
Drafted by the Vikings in the 7th round (229th overall), Dawkins has good foot speed and quick hands to rip past offensive linemen and attack the quarterback.
His ability to overpower opponents and hustle through the whistle gives this former Florida State Seminole a good chance to fit in Minnesota's defense.
52. CB Marcus Sherels
The Vikings used Sherels last year in relief to an injured secondary and as a punt returner. The Minnesota native scored his first touchdown on a 77-yard punt return against the Detroit Lions last season.
Sherels will need to improve his coverage skills and closing ability to make the roster, but the Vikings need depth in the secondary.
51. OG Travis Bond
This towering lineman (6'6", 329 lbs) was selected in the seventh round at 214th overall. Bond possesses excellent size and quickness to protect Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.
The guard out of North Carolina also can drive through defenders both on the line of scrimmage and at linebacker. Bond is a developmental project with great upside.
50. DE Lawrence Jackson
Jackson joined the Vikings in 2013 as a free agent from the Detroit Lions. Over five seasons, he recorded 141 tackles, 19.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.
Originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round, Jackson will bring veteran experience and proven production in the NFC North over the last three years.
49. LS Cullen Loeffler
The long snapper position can be difficult to rank, but Loeffler is a lock to make the team (barring injury) and plays an integral part of the Vikings' excellent special teams game.
Loeffler was signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and is signed through 2014.
48. WR Greg Childs
The former Arkansas Razorback will continue his recovery after tearing patellar tendons in both of his knees. The Vikings used a fourth-round selection on Childs in last year's draft.
Childs was able to run routes in conditioning workouts in early May for the team. If he can progress through OTAs and training camp, the 6'3" prospect with 4.55 speed could step onto the field this year.
47. RB Matt Asiata
As the third-string running back, Asiata recorded three carries for nine yards and added a reception for two yards last season. He was undrafted out of Utah and signed with the Vikings in 2011.
After flirting with the practice squad and eventually released, Asiata finally landed a spot with the team in 2012. He will likely see limited playing time again in 2013, but provides depth at the position and is a serviceable back.
46. QB Mcleod Bethel-Thompson
Known simply as MBT, the hard-throwing righty should remain squarely at the No. 3 quarterback position behind Ponder and Matt Cassel.
Originally undrafted in 2010, Bethel-Thompson bounced around San Francisco and Miami before joining the Vikings. He showed promise in the preseason last year, which led to him beating out Sage Rosenfels, and he should continue his development in 2013.
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DT Christian Ballard, OL Troy Kropog, DE D'Aundre Reed, S Andrew Sendejo, LB Larry Dean