3 forgotten former Vikings players that are still in the NFL

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Elijah Lee – LB (Kansas City Chiefs)

Back in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Vikings selected former Kansas State linebacker Elijah Lee with a seventh-round pick. For whatever reason, Minnesota wasn’t happy with Lee’s performance during the summer of 2017, and he didn’t even make the team’s final roster that year.

After the Vikings cut him, Lee was shortly picked up by the 49ers. He ended up spending his first three years in the league in San Francisco, including the 2018 season when he started five games and finished with 65 tackles.

During the last two years, Lee had stints with both the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns, and earlier this offseason, he signed a one-year contract to suit up for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Since he entered the NFL in 2017, Lee has developed into a bit of a special teams specialist. The majority of his snaps in the league have come on special teams, and if he makes the Chiefs’ final 2022 roster, he can probably expect more of the same.