It may be hard to believe, but after seven rounds of the 2013 NFL draft concluded and over 200 players were selected, there was still NFL-caliber players unclaimed and looking to begin their pro careers.
Going undrafted does not mean they are undeserving.
Two of the best players in franchise history went undrafted, in fact, as Vikings Ring of Honor members John Randle and Mick Tingelhoff were both slighted by NFL teams during the draft; Randle is now a Hall of Famer and Tingelhoff should join him in Canton someday. Furthermore, the following NFL stars were also initially judged as not worthy of being drafted: wide receiver Miles Austin, safety Ryan Clark, wide receiver Victor Cruz, running back Arian Foster, tight end Antonio Gates, linebackers James Harrison and London Fletcher, quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Wes Welker.
So who are the undrafted players this year that will soon become NFL stars? We don’t know that yet, but we do know which undrafted players will be joining the Vikings later this week as the club has agreed to terms with the following players:
James Vandenberg, QB, Iowa
Erik Highsmith, WR, North Carolina
Nicholas Edwards, WR, Eastern Washington
Brandan Bishop, S, N.C. State
Bradley Randle, RB, UNLV
Jerodis Williams, RB, Furman
Colin Anderson, TE, Furman
Darius Eubanks, S, Georgia Southern
Nathan Williams, LB, Ohio State
Camden Wentz, C, N.C. State
Marquis Jackson, DE, Portland State
Mark Jackson, T, Glenville State
Collins Ukwu, DE, Kentucky
Anthony McCloud, DT, Florida State
Rodney Smith, WR Florida State