Even though the draft was over, the Minnesota Vikings were hard at work trying to sign some of the best undrafted free agents available.
Much of the attention during this weekend went to the NFL Draft. The three-day event saw the Minnesota Vikings select ten high-potential prospects but the team wasn’t done adding talent quite yet.
The Vikings announced on their official website that they have agreed to terms with nine individuals who were not chosen through the seven rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft and will keep their pro football dreams alive.
Undrafted free agents are important because many talented players can slip through the cracks and become stars at the NFL level. Fans in Minnesota are familiar with the stories of Adam Thielen, John Randle, and Mick Tingelhoff. Other stars to go that route are Kurt Warner, “Night Train” Lane, Warren Moon, Antonio Gates, and many others.
Which UDFAs did the Vikings agree to terms with?
Here is a list of the nine players the Minnesota Vikings added following the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft:
- Mike Brown, safety – Miami (OH)
- Thomas Hennigan, wide receiver – Appalachian State
- Bryant Koback, running back – Toledo
- Zach McCloud, linebacker – Miami
- Josh Sokol, center – Sacred Heart
- Tyarise Stevenson, defensive tackle – Tulsa
- Tré Turner., wide receiver – Virginia Tech
- Luiji Vilain, linebacker – Wake Forest
- Ryan Wright, punter – Tulane
It is interesting to see a punter brought in but not a kicker. Minnesota brought back their trio of specialists from last season but may be looking for a camp body or someone to push Jordan Berry this preseason.
Also, seeing two receivers and a running back on this list shows that the Vikings are doing due diligence on offense after a defense-heavy draft class at the top while the four defenders are spread out across the different levels of the defense.
Congratulations to these nine undrafted free agents on agreeing to terms with Minnesota Vikings. Hopefully, they can make the most of this opportunity in the NFL.