NFL Draft 2015

Reports Of UDFA Signings Begin To Filter In

The moments immediately following the conclusion of the NFL Draft are hectic for undrafted prospects, front offices, agents, and media members alike. Ever since getting duped by reports of LeGarrette Blount signing with the Vikings years ago, I’ve hedged on the side of letting the dust settle before trying to track the signings.

The dust appears (disclosure: the team hasn’t announced anything yet) to have settled this year, and reports from multiple outlets have the Vikings reaching post-Draft agreements with the following rookies:

DAVARIS DANIELS, WR, NOTRE DAME: At 6′ 1″ and 201 pounds, Daniels was a guy on the rise in the Notre Dame system prior to being suspended for an academic honesty scandal. Nothing blows me away about this guy.

JACK SHERLOCK, DL, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE: At 6′ 4″ and 240 pounds, Sherlock has the size required to develop into an NFL player of substantial value. He has an uphill climb ahead of him, however, considering the current depth within Mike Zimmer’s defensive line.

TAYLOR HEINICKE, QB, OLD DOMINION: Here’s the developmental quarterback and camp arm that many of you wanted to see the Vikings grab. Heinicke was one of the more impressive players at the East-West Shrine Game practices and could be a fun addition to feed the inevitable preseason hype machine.

ANTHONY HARRIS, FS, VIRGINIA: With a similar build to Trae Waynes (a lean 6′ 1″ and 183 pounds), Harris has proven highly durable and never missed a game due to injury during his college career. His instincts and ball skills certainly make him one of the more intriguing UDFA’s available and now he’s a Viking! He not only has an opportunity to develop, he has the upside to become a true game-changing safety.

JORDAN LESLIE, WR, BYU: At 6′ 3″ and 215 pounds, combined with good straight-line speed, Leslie has all of the physical tools to be a productive NFL receiver. Of course, like so many undrafted wide outs, he really needs to work on his fundamentals and could use some work on the jugs machine.

JUSTIN COLEMAN, CB, TENNESSEE: Coleman should make an NFL roster this fall, whether it is the Vikings or somebody else, based off of his sure-fire tackling abilities alone. He might have to start out as a special teams contributor only, as he could be a liability in coverage versus NFL receivers, but that alone has enough value to keep him around.

GAVIN LUTMAN, WR, PITTSBURGH STATE: At 6′ 3″ and 213 pounds, Lutman’s pro day numbers were every bit as impressive as what DeVante Parker did at the NFL Scouting Combine. Additionally, he was very productive in college, and clearly went undrafted due to know fault of his own… it is just that literally nobody knew who he was, including NFL scouts.

BOBBY VARDARO, OG, BOSTON COLLEGE:  A 6′ 4″ offensive lineman that weighs in at about 305 pounds. Vardaro is a left guard by nature and has gained lots of starting experience with Boston College.

TOM FARNIOK, OL IOWA STATE: Known as a smart offensive lineman that made calls and was a leader for Iowa State. He is an undersized but athletic center that is unlikely to dominate too many defensive linemen physically, but does enough things right to make him plenty worth a further look.

Of course, this list has the potential to be outdated or inaccurate very soon, but I’ll do my best to pop back in and make any necessary changes if things change. Let me know in the comments section if you see an update or inaccuracy that I should address.

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  1. Adam is the QB?

    Taylor Heinicke | Quarterback
    Team: Old Dominion Monarchs
    Age / DOB: (22) / 3/15/1993
    Ht / Wt: 6’1′ / 213
    NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes a series of shortcomings could make it hard for Old Dominion QB Taylor Heinicke to make an NFL roster.
    The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Heinicke lacks size, has “below-average arm strength with slow release,” is a “syrupy slow set-up in pocket,” “must throw with timing rather than to windows,” “struggles to improvise and needs plays to stay on schedule,” and “short-arm[s] deep balls, leading to interceptions.” Yes, it’s going to be extremely difficult to overcome all of those problems. But he does have some skills. “Heinicke has the ball placement and accuracy of an NFL backup when he’s protected and dealing, but his small stature combined with his inability to drive the ball and make NFL throws could be hard to overcome once he gets into an NFL camp,” Zierlein wrote. “Heinicke must play in a timing-based system to have a chance of being on an NFL roster.” Heinicke was snubbed from the 2015 NFL combine. Mar 16 – 10:09 PM

  2. I like Justin Coleman I would bet he makes the team I’m still pulling for Joey MBU or Xavier Williams skoll Vikings drink from the skull cap of Rogers

  3. Little bummed that Zach Zenner signed with the lions! also I thought it was unanimous that we need a punter has anyone heard that we are after one as an UDFA

  4. I am a lot bummed that the Vikings did not sign Zenner. I enjoyed watching him run for the Jacks–and hope he makes it in the NFL. I guess if this football thing doesn’t work out, he can always fall back on Plan B–med school at USD where he has been accepted.

  5. We def. need a better punter.
    Looking at Danielle Hunter, his hesitation off the line, his size and speed, his good skills with the run, maybe they are thinking of turning him into a MLB? Hesitation can be a good thing when it’s your main job to diagnose the play first: run or pass?, quick or deep drop?, screen?, who is the outlet?

    1. Not sure about this hesitation everyone is talking about. Seems as though people are judging without understanding how he was being asked to play. I think that once he gets to practice that we’ll see the real player. I only sat this as there are several plays where you see him take an inward step and the either opens a gap for him to rush through, or you see the Tackle step into the Guard and a Linebacker gets to run around them.

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