10 Things to Know About Vikings 2019 Undrafted Group

View images of the 10 undrafted free agents the Vikings have agreed to terms with after the 2019 NFL Draft.

EAGAN, Minn. – Most years, as the draft winds to a close, undrafted players on the Vikings radar start getting calls from Scott Studwell and other members of the personnel department.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, however, flipped the script and took the phone from Studwell in the Draft Room.

“You’re talking to the long snapper,” Spielman told Studwell, who held a black, corded phone in his hand. “I’m talking to those guys (UDFAs). You’re talking to the long snapper. It’s your last pick.”

The long snapper referred to Air Force’s Austin Cutting, whom the Vikings drafted 250th overall – ironically, the same overall spot that Minnesota selected Studwell from in 1977.

Cutting marked the final player drafted under Studwell, who joined Minnesota’s scouting staff in 1991 after a 14-season playing career in Purple. The Vikings Legend announced last week that he will be retiring this spring.

“OK, Stud – this is your final draft pick,” Spielman told his friend and colleague as he switched phones and dialed Cutting’s number.

The scouting staff saluted Studwell’s storied career by placing a framed 55 Studwell jersey in the Draft Room. They also wore hats with his number and T-shirts with two pictures of Studwell as they reached out to another wave of players.

Here are 10 things to know about the undrafted free agents who have agreed to terms with the Vikings:

Micah Abernathy, S, Tennessee

Grandson of Ralph David Abernathy

Micah is the grandson of Ralph David Abernathy, Sr., a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement and also close friend and mentor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Abernathy, Sr., He became president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) following the assassination of King in 1968.

Khari Blasingame, FB, Vanderbilt

Academically driven

Blasingame is equally dedicated to performance in the classroom and on the field. The son of an engineer (father) and podiatric surgeon (mother), Blasingame graduated with a degree in medicine, health and society in May 2017 and is currently working toward a Master’s of Education from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. He plays the saxophone, as does Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly; the two overlapped at Vanderbilt 2014-16.

Jake Browning, QB, Washington

Family focused

Browning posts often on his social media accounts about his family and the support system it’s been throughout his football journey. Browning has emphasized the type of role model he wants to be for his youngest sister, Ella.

Instagram @jakebrowning72

Davion Davis, WR, Sam Houston State

Davion the dog dad

Davis is the “father” of a dog, Lily, whom he got as a puppy.

Brandon Dillon, TE, Marian

Making a name for Marian

Dillon weighed just 205 pounds coming out of Carroll High School (Indiana); now, the Marian standout is listed at 250 pounds.

The native of Bringhurst, Indiana, will be just the second player in Marian University history to sign with an NFL team. Wide receiver Krishawn Hogan signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2017 but was waived and joined the Colts.

Alexander Hollins, WR, Eastern Illinois

From the court to the gridiron

Hollins has said that his “first love” was actually basketball, in which he played point guard, and he initially thought basketball would be his primary sport. He changed his mind as a junior at Yazoo County High School, though, when he had a breakout season on the football field.

John Keenoy, C, Western Michigan

Hails from Michigan

Keenoy has stayed in his home state for the entirety of his football career thus far, attending East Kentwood High School before standing out at Western Michigan.

The center grew up in Kentwood, located just 27 miles from Kirk Cousins’ hometown of Holland, Michigan. (Note: Cousins was born in Chicago but moved to Holland in seventh grade).

View images of the 10 undrafted free agents the Vikings have agreed to terms with after the 2019 NFL Draft.

Nate Meadors, CB, UCLA

Calls Cali home

Meadors shares the hometown of San Bernardino, California, with Minnesota’s third-round draft pick, Alexander Mattison.

The cornerback attended San Gorgonio High School, from which Olympic gold medalist siblings Denean and Sherri Howard also graduated.

Tito Odenigbo, DT, Miami

‘Piano Man’ for the big man

In 2017, Odenigbo told Illinois’ The News Gazette that his pregame ritual includes listening to two songs “over and over”: Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” and Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.”

Odenigbo will join his older brother, Ifeadi, whom the Vikings drafted in the seventh round in 2017.

Anree Saint-Amour, DE, Georgia Tech

Haitian heritage

Saint-Amour’s parents are both from Haiti. Saint’s Amour’s two older siblings were born in Haiti, while he was born after his family relocated to the United States in the mid-90s. Saint-Amour joins Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who also is of Haitian descent, on Minnesota’s roster.

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