Minnesota Vikings: 5 Undrafted Players Who Could Prove to Be Gems

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Minnesota Vikings: 5 Undrafted Players Who Could Prove to Be Gems
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When the Minnesota Vikings wrap up their three-day mandatory minicamp on Thursday, players will head off in every direction to try to squeeze some rest and relaxation into their abbreviated summer vacations before heading to Mankato, Minnesota, for training camp near the end of July.

For veterans and those assured of roster spots, it'll be easy to forget football for a month and recharge themselves both mentally and physically.

The rest of the players on the roster might have a harder time relaxing. Rookies and players battling for roster spots will have a hard time completely tuning out football. 

That probably goes double for the 15 undrafted free agents the Vikings have signed and will bring to training camp.

The path to the NFL can often be a crooked one these days, and the hardest road is that of the undrafted free agent. Ever since the NFL reduced the draft to just seven rounds in 1994, it's been a well-traveled road, however. Teams can scout until their eyes fall out, but there is just no way to see every possible player, and there's no way to to pinpoint who will be able to compete at the highest level.

1994 alone produced an undrafted group that produced 10 Pro Bowl players, including quarterback Kurt Warner. 

Since then many superstars have started their careers without being drafted including Tony Romo, Wes Welker, Arian Foster and Antonio Gates.

Yes, making it in the NFL is a long shot if you're not drafted. But if you're good enough to play in the league, someone will find a spot for you.

So who among the Vikings class of 15 undrafted rookies might have a shot to stick? Who could be that hidden gem that was missed in the draft process? Here are five guys who might fill the bill for the Vikings.

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