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Vikings 2024 Undrafted Free Agents Include 4 Offensive Linemen & 9 Defensive Players

EAGAN, Minn. — At the conclusion of the 2024 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings announced they had agreed to terms with 17 undrafted free agents.

Those players will join Minnesota's seven-player draft class and others for a rookie minicamp at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center (May 10-12).

All will be working for the goal of earning a roster spot by the start of the season, similar to the way 2023 undrafted free agents Ivan Pace, Jr., Andre Carter II and NaJee Thompson made the squad out of the gate.

The group includes four offensive linemen, three receivers, a tight end, three outside linebackers, three linebackers, two defensive linemen and a cornerback.

View photos of the undrafted free agents the Vikings have agreed to terms with following the 2024 NFL Draft.

Here's a little more on each of this year's undrafted players (listed alphabetically by last name).

Matt Cindric, OL

Position: Offensive line | College: California

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 295 pounds

High school: Skyline (Sammamish, Washington)

College career: 34 starts in 35 games played (17 at center and 17 at right guard) from 2019-23 after redshirting in 2018; voted by teammates as a captain in 2022 and 2023

Academic accolades and beyond: A four-time selection of the Pac-12's Fall Academic Honor Roll, Cindric was a two-time semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year and Wuerffel Trophy. He was one of 22 student-athletes named to the AFCA Good Works Team® in 2023.

K.J. Cloyd, LB

Position: Linebacker | College: Miami (after Louisville, after Jones CC in Mississippi)

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 228 pounds

High school: Columbia (Columbia, Mississippi)

College career: (2023 at Miami) started 6 of 13 games; 44 tackles (21 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks; (2020-22 at Louisville) started 1 of 36 games; 39 tackles (22 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss

No fear — almost: Cloyd was highly ranked as an outside linebacker coming out of high school, but according to his Louisville bio, he's "terrified" of butterflies.

OL Jeremy Flax, Kentucky

Jeremy Flax, OL

Position: Offensive line | College: Kentucky (after Independence CC in Kansas)

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 343 pounds

High school: Robichaud (Dearborn Heights, Michigan)

College career: (2020-23 at Kentucky) started 24 of 36 games, including 23 at right tackle since 2022

Ho, ho, ho: Nicknamed "Big Jerm," Flax dressed up as Santa Claus for a community event in 2021.

LB Dallas Gant, Toledo

Dallas Gant, LB

Position: Linebacker | College: Toledo (after Ohio State)

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 224 pounds

High school: St. John's Jesuit (Toledo, Ohio)

College career: (2022-23 at Toledo) started all 28 games played; 232 tackles (132 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, 1 INT, 8 PBU, 3 FF; First-Team All-MAC in each season; team captain in 2023; (2018-21 at Ohio State)

Back-to-back: Gant led the Rockets in tackles and recorded 116 (66 solo) in each season with Toledo.

WR Devron Harper, Mercer

Devron Harper, WR

Position: Receiver | College: Mercer (after Gardner-Webb)

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 170 pounds

High school: Heritage (Conyers, Georgia)

College career: (2021-23 at Mercer) 34 games; 159 receptions for 1,929 yards and 13 TDs; 56 rushes for 458 yards and 6 TDs; 55 kickoff returns for 1,346 yards (24.5 average) and 1 TD; 44 punt returns for 625 yards (14.2 average) and 3 TDs; (2019-spring 2021 at Gardner-Webb) 16 games; 67 receptions for 824 yards and 4 TDs; seven rushes for 14 yards; 40 kickoff returns for 999 yards (25.0 average) and 1 TD; 20 punt returns for 219 yards (10.9 average) and 2 TDs

A sweet season: In 2022, Harper broke six school records (including all-purpose yards with 1,878), led the Southern Conference with 16 total touchdowns and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award (FCS Offensive Player of the Year).

WR Ty James, Mercer

Ty James, WR

Position: Receiver | College: Mercer (after Georgia)

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 200 pounds

High school: Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, Georgia)

College career: (2020-23 at Mercer) 45 games played; 171 receptions for 3,364 yards and 30 TDs; four rushes for 14 yards; 2 kickoff returns for 4 yards; 1 punt return for 9 yards (2019 at Georgia) redshirted

Big-play days: James recorded a 90-yard reception on the way to a school-record 1,105 yards in 2022 and broke the single-season mark again in 2023 with 1,130 yards, with help from a 75-yard long. His 2022 season ended with 351 yards at Samford, the most in FCS that season and a Southern Conference single-game record.

WR Jeshaun Jones, Maryland

Jeshaun Jones, WR

Position: Receiver | College: Maryland

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 188 pounds

High school: South Fort Myers (Fort Myers, Florida)

College career: (2018-23 at Maryland) 151 receptions for 2,040 yards and 14 TDs; 20 rushes for 188 yards and 2 TDs; 2-of-2 passing for 41 yards and 1 TD; 2 kickoff returns for 33 yards (16.5 average); 19 punt returns for 154 yards (8.1 average)

Fast splash, then bounced back: Jones caught 22 passes for 288 yards and the most receiving touchdowns by a Terrapins freshman (five) since Stefon Diggs in 2012. He also threw a 20-yard touchdown in 2018. Jones suffered a torn ACL before the 2019 season but returned Oct. 24, 2020, and caught five passes in that game.

TE Trey Knox, South Carolina

Trey Knox, TE

Position: Tight end | College: South Carolina (after Arkansas)

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 240 pounds

High school: Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)

College career: (2023 at South Carolina) 10 games; 37 receptions for 312 yards and 2 TDs; (2019-22 at Arkansas) 45 games; 81 receptions for 883 yards and 9 TDs

Switcheroo: Knox began his college career as a receiver.

DL Tyler Manoa, Arizona

Tyler Manoa, DL

Position: Defensive line | College: Arizona (after UCLA)

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 315 pounds

High school: Saint Francis (Mountain View, California)

College career: (2023 at Arizona) 13 games; 28 tackles (9 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, 1 pass defensed, 1 fumble recovery; (2018-22 at UCLA) 45 games; 53 tackles (29 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 3 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble

Role models: Manoa's UCLA bio mentions recently retired defensive lineman Aaron Donald and Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Troy Polamalu as the athletes he admires the most.

LB Donovan Manuel, Florida International

Donovan Manuel, LB

Position: Linebacker | College: Florida International (after East Tennessee State)

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 230 pounds

High school: Stockbridge High School (Stockbridge, Georgia)

College career: (2022-23 at Florida International) 24 games; 218 tackles (116 solo), 24 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 6 passes defensed, 5 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery; (2018-21 at East Tennessee State) 34 games; 232 tackles (118 solo), 21 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

Give him five: Manuel forced five fumbles last season, leading the Panthers in that category, as well as tackles (121) and tackles for loss (15.5).

CB Dwight McGlothern, Arkansas

Dwight McGlothern, CB

Position: Cornerback | College: Arkansas (after LSU)

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 185 pounds

High school: Klein Oak (Klein, Texas)

College career: (2022-23 at Arkansas) 22 games; 72 tackles (62 solo), 4 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles, 23 passes defended, 7 interceptions; (2020-21 at LSU) 16 games; 41 tackles (34 solo), 2 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 8 passes defensed, 1 interception

Familiar face: McGlothern played with Vikings passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Daronte Jones as his defensive coordinator at LSU in 2021. He returned his first college interception 37 yards for a score that season.

OLB Gabriel Murphy, UCLA

Gabriel Murphy, OLB

Position: Outside linebacker | College: UCLA (after North Texas)

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 247 pounds

High school: Bishop Lynch (Dallas, Texas)

College career: (2022-23 at UCLA) 26 games; 76 tackles (42 solo), 20 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 3 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery; (2019-21 at North Texas) 24 games; 71 tackles (31 solo), 17.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, 3 passes defensed, 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

A twin to The Cities: Gabriel has a twin brother, Grayson, who played at North Texas before transferring to UCLA in 2022. Grayson plays defensive line.

OL Doug Nester, West Virginia

Doug Nester, OL

Position: Offensive line | College: West Virginia (after Virginia Tech)

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 306 pounds

High school: Spring Valley (Huntington, West Virginia)

College career: (2021-23 at West Virginia) started 35 of 36 games played; two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team; played 91 snaps in one game (at Oklahoma) in 2022; (2019-20 at Virginia Tech) started 17 of 19 games

Lockdowns and knockdowns: According to his West Virginia bio, Nester did not allow a sack (660 offensive snaps) in 2023. The Mountaineers also credited him with 30 knockdown blocks and 30 "great blocks."

DL Owen Porter, Marshall

Owen Porter, OLB

Position: Outside linebacker | College: Marshall

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 237 pounds

High school: Spring Valley (Huntington, West Virginia)

College career: (2018-23 at Marshall) 58 games; 187 tackles (67 solo), 43.5 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, 1 interception, 5 passes defensed, 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery (returned 21 yards for a touchdown)

2 Teammates: Porter teamed with fellow UDFA Doug Nester at Spring Valley High School and with Vikings second-year linebacker Abraham Beauplan at Marshall from 2020-22.

LB Bo Richter, Air Force

Bo Richter, OLB

Position: Outside linebacker | College: Air Force

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 248 pounds

High school: Naperville North (Naperville, Illinois)

College career: (2019-23 at Air Force) 36 games, 85 tackles (46 solo), 26.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, 2 passes defensed, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries

Statistical surge: Richter's production increased in each of the past three seasons, surging to a whopping 19.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 2023.

OL Spencer Rolland, North Carolina

Spencer Rolland, OL

Position: Offensive line | College: North Carolina (after Harvard)

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 306 pounds

High school: Apple Valley (Minnesota)

College career: (2022-23 at North Carolina) started all 26 games played and earned Honorable Mention All-ACC in 2023 as a graduate student; (2018-21 at Harvard) appeared in 20 total games, including 10 in 2019 after redshirting in 2018 and 10 more in 2021 after the Ivy League did not play in 2020; earned First-Team All-Ivy honors in 2021

Local product: Rolland was a team captain as a senior at Apple Valley and a Mr. Football finalist, who also was part of a state champion hoops squad.

DL Taki Taimani, Oregon

Taki Taimani, DL

Position: Defensive line | College: Oregon (after Washington)

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 309 pounds

High school: East (Salt Lake City, Utah)

College career: (2022-23 at Oregon) 25 games; 36 tackles (14 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 pass defensed, 1 fumble recovery; (2018-21 at Washington) 71 tackles (28 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 passes defensed, 1 fumble recovery

All the way: Taimani, who was known for most of his high school career by the last name Vakalahi, helped the Leopards go 14-0 to win a 6A state championship and No. 18 nationwide ranking during his junior season.