The Vikings announced the signing of 16 free agents on Tuesday after days of trying to track down confirmed reports of who was in, who was not, and who might be getting a crack at the roster. Here are your 16 guys with a brief note on each:
James Vandenberg, QB, Iowa: Made a name for himself in 2011, as the best quarterback in the Big Ten, but a miserable season in 2012 killed his draft stock. The big question is whether or not the struggles were his fault or a result of the talent around him.
Erik Highsmith, WR, North Carolina: A tough and physical receiver, but struggled to get separation in college, and doesn’t have the athleticism to do it as a pro. Across the middle, in the end zone, and on special teams is where he can make himself stand out. Not a big play type of guy.
Nicholas Edwards, WR, Eastern Washington: A big receiver that seemed to be on the rise prior to a knee injury that hampered his senior season. Like Highsmith, he is more of a possession and end zone receiver, and won’t win a roster spot based off of explosive upside.
Brandan Bishop, S, N.C. State: Limited athleticism here means a limited ceiling, but Bishop arguably displays more consistency in every facet of his game than Robert Blanton, who the Vikings drafted last year, did coming out of Notre Dame. If you are looking for a guy with a real shot to stick, this might be him.