5 Dark-Horse Candidates to Make the Minnesota Vikings' Final 53-Man Roster

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5 Dark-Horse Candidates to Make the Minnesota Vikings' Final 53-Man Roster
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Former Minnesota Viking John Randle wasn't drafted and ended his career in the Hall of Fame.

It's not a common thread in the course of NFL history: Undrafted player turns into a Hall of Fame player. But it's a fabric Vikings fans should be familiar with.

Within the past five years they had one of their own enshrined in the Hall of Fame after going undrafted. That player?

John Randle.

Randle terrorized opposing quarterbacks throughout his 11 seasons in Minnesota and never recorded under 5.5 sacks in three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. In 2010, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

But the NFL didn't think he was its cup of tea when he was eligible for the 1990 draft, until Minnesota took a flier on the undersized kid from Texas A&M-Kingsville as an undrafted free agent. 

Twenty-three years later, the Vikings welcome another class of undrafted rookies into their training camp with a chance for them to make their NFL dreams come true.

These five players all could be the next John Randle and turn their NFL dreams into reality after going undrafted.

You may scoff at some of these names, but don't forget, most of the NFL scoffed at Randle 23 years ago. These five players are all long shots to make the roster, but where there's a will, there is a way.

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