Vikings News: Nick Mullens, Duke Shelley, Danielle Hunter, Andrew DePaola

Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell and quarterback Nick Mullens
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Danielle Hunter and Andrew DePaola represent Minnesota Vikings on NFC roster for 2024 Pro Bowl Games

On Wednesday, the NFL announced the rosters for the 2024 Pro Bowl Games, and among the players selected were Vikings pass rusher Danielle Hunter and Minnesota long snapper Andrew DePaola.

A number of Vikings players were also named alternates for this season's NFC Pro Bowl roster, including fullback C.J. Ham, tight end T.J. Hockenson, left tackle Christian Darrisaw, safety Josh Metellus, center Garrett Bradbury, and safety Harrison Smith.

For Hunter, this Pro Bowl selection is the fourth of his NFL career and his second in a row, as he was voted onto the NFC's roster last season as well.

DePaola's selection to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster is the second of his career in the league, and like Hunter, it's also the second year in a row that he's been given the honor.

A second-straight Pro Bowl selection seems like it should help Hunter cash-in during the upcoming offseason when he's scheduled to become a free agent.

Also helping his chances to land a lucrative contract are his actual on-field numbers from this season. In 16 games, Hunter has racked up a total of 77 tackles (a league-leading 21 for a loss), 74 pressures, 15.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles.

It's hard to nail down exactly what has caused DePaola to suddenly be regarded as one of the best long-snappers in the NFL by his peers. But he's obviously been doing something right during his last two seasons with the Vikings, as his performances have resulted in two straight Pro Bowl selections.