Rick Spielman and his scouts have had an interesting offseason when it comes to finding depth players. They found the CFL’s hardest hitter. They found a point guard. They nabbed a running back that has overcome an inability to hear.
Now, they are at it again, for better or worse.
The Vikings filled the roster spot left by Asher Allen’s sudden retirement by picking up undrafted rookie Corey Gatewood out of Stanford.
The big question here is where Gatewood will fit in. He started six games at cornerback in 2009 but, according to 1500 ESPN, requested to be put back at his original position of receiver. In four seasons at Stanford (he sat 2008 out) Gatewood only had two career receptions, 10 career rushing attempts, and 10 kick returns.
At corner, the 5’ 11” Gatewood contributed on defense and special teams. He has been credited with 40 career tackles, two interceptions, and one pick was returned for a touchdown. He has no tackles for a loss, no sacks, no forced fumbles, and no fumbles recovered, according to this stats site.
Gatewood reportedly ran a 4.44 second forty yard dash at Stanford’s pro day, and may see his best chance of sticking to the roster by impressing on special teams.
The Vikings have listed Gatewood as a cornerback on their official roster.