85. Chase Ford, TE
Chase Ford comes to the Vikings by way of the Dallas Cowboys, who picked him up after he was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles. They picked him up from the University of Miami as an undrafted free agent.
Ford represents the type of tight end that has taken the NFL by storm, with great size and large hands—coming in at 6'6" and 245 pounds.
He's a bit one-dimensional as a tight end, however, and is largely a pass-catcher more than a run blocker or pass protector. The Vikings have done a good job developing Kyle Rudolph into a multidimensional threat, so all is not lost for Chase Ford, but if he can't flash more, he doesn't stand much of a chance.
He's athletic, but never produced much on the field due to limited route-running capabilities. Still, he doesn't drop passes, he just needs to create separation and run better routes.
84. Joe Webb, WR
Obviously more potential than polished product, Joe Webb ranks low only because of his minimal experience with the position.
There are dozens of small things and several larger things that go into becoming a wide receiver—physical wunderkinds can't make it on their athletic prowess alone. Webb hasn't shown he can develop those skills and be the full package at receiver.
Still, he's caught everything at OTAs—he just needs to make sure he links intelligence, technique, physical capability and awareness.
That said, being years behind other receivers is a big deal. Most receivers with full college experience take three seasons in the NFL before making an impact on the professional level. Webb has a limited amount of college experience and even more limited (and stunted) NFL experience, so he might take longer to get up to speed than even the most raw college prospects.
83. Rodney Smith, WR
Rodney Smith is another height-weight-speed prospect, as he has never been productive in his time at Florida State. At 6'5" and 225 pounds, Smith's size is impressive—especially after running a 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine.
His junior season, he produced a career-high 561 yards on 36 receptions. Smith hasn't cultivated a release technique at the snap or learned to sink his hips at the break. Like Webb, he hasn't mastered most of the techniques one hopes to see out of rookie receivers, but he does have the basic ability to find soft spots in zones or maintain consistent separation.
Smith has dropped a lot of easy passes in his time at Florida State, but he does know how to read defenses and adjust accordingly. Right now, he looks to be a better receiver than Webb, but hasn't displayed the ability to adapt that you'd want in someone with his physical upside.
82. Roderick Williams, CB
Coming in at a short 5'10", Roderick Williams needs to display special talent to prove he deserves a spot on the roster.
While he's had some good moments at OTAs, Williams looks to have limited capability. He did very well when he was in the CFL, earning an All-Star nod in 2011 with six interceptions and 44 tackles.
Despite that resume, Williams is a long shot to make the roster, with average speed, vertical jump and a light frame.
He was a good player at Alcorn State, but he didn't jump off the page, which is important for a small-school player. Leslie Frazier was able to make a successful career after going undrafted out of the same school, so it's possible, but nostalgia won't guarantee a roster spot.
Given that he didn't consistently prove to be the top player at his position in the CFL (his teammate at cornerback made the 2012 All-Star team), he's somewhat of a long shot to make it in the NFL.
81. Colin Anderson, TE
One of three Furman players on the roster, Colin Anderson has traveled a long road. He initially walked on to the program at Furman, and switched from quarterback to tight end.
He ended up earning honors as an FCS All-American, and set five school records for a tight end. Anderson knew how to create separation and ran smooth routes in the Southern Conference, but was a limited blocker.
While he reads defenses well, he does need to work on making sure his routes are more precise, particularly because he was one-dimensional in college. He attacks the ball well and has a good catch radius, which is exactly what teams want out of a red-zone threat.
Anderson was not a very good blocker, either in the run game or in pass protection. He doesn't possess the strength, and is a bit lighter (237 pounds) and slower (4.8 40-yard dash) than his contemporaries at the position. He'll have to show something special to even make the practice squad. But if he does develop well, he has a future as a second-string tight end, which is not a bad place to end up.