6 Undrafted Minnesota Vikings Players Who Could Prove to Be Gems

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6 Undrafted Minnesota Vikings Players Who Could Prove to Be Gems
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The Minnesota Vikings held their final organized team activities on Thursday, June 13, providing additional opportunities for the front office to assess incoming rookies and returning players vying for a roster spot.

The undrafted free-agent class provides intriguing scenarios in determining whether any within that group of players have the potential to emerge as diamonds in the rough.

The Vikings originally announced the signing of 16 undrafted free agents, then later cut Nicholas Edwards from Eastern Michigan and signed wide receiver Adam Thielen from Minnesota State.

While these players often have the odds stacked against them to make a team's final roster, there have certainly been standouts over the past several years who have teams returning to the well for overlooked players.

Current NFL standouts such as James Harrison, Arian Foster, Tony Romo and Wes Welker have all proven that the draft can be overrated as the sole indication of who can make an impact in the NFL.

Former Viking John Randle didn't let that small fact get in the way of him becoming a feared defensive force who has since been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Even as we look back at the final 53-man roster for the Vikings in 2012, a total of 10 players made the roster who went undrafted out of college. They included McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Matt Asiata, Allen Reisner, Erin Henderson, Larry Dean, Marcus Sherels, A.J. Jefferson, Andrew Sendejo, Chris Kluwe and Cullen Loeffler.

Although some of those Vikings were more role players than huge contributors on Sunday—while others never saw playing time outside of practice—the likes of Henderson, Sherels and Jefferson all had to step up in 2012 for what led to a playoff berth for the Vikings.

Let's take a look at the undrafted free agents for 2013 who have the best chance to emerge as an impact player for the team down the road.

 

Statistics and combine results courtesy of NFL.com, unless otherwise noted.

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