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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings on Monday announced the team has agreed to terms with 17 undrafted rookie free agents.

Six of the 13 players that Minnesota signed as undrafted free agents last year — Tashawn Bower, Dylan Bradley, Aviante Collins, Josiah Price, Horace Richardson and Eric Wilson — are on the Vikings current roster. Bower (two games), Collins (three games) and Wilson (16 games) all made their regular-season debuts last fall. 

Here's a closer look at the 17 free agents who are scheduled to join Minnesota's eight draft picks of 2018 and other players for a rookie minicamp at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center on Friday (listed alphabetical by last name).


Jeff Badet

Position:WR | College:Oklahoma* *

Height:6-0| Weight:172* *

Year:Graduate senior | Hometown:Orlando, Florida

Career stats: 108 receptions for 1,785 yards and 10 touchdowns; seven rushes for 66 yards; 30 kickoff returns for 657 yards (includes three seasons and a medical redshirt at Kentucky and one season at Oklahoma)

Stretching the field: Badet averaged 21.6 yards per reception, which ranked sixth in FBS, in 2017 after transferring from Kentucky to Oklahoma as a graduate.

Blazing fast: Badet (pronounced buh-DETT) was **reportedly clocked** with a time of 4.27 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Sooners Pro Day.


Mike Boone

Position:RB | College:Cincinnati

Height:5-10| Weight:201

Year:Senior| Hometown:Macclenny, Florida

Career stats: 420 rushes for 2,250 yards and 24 touchdowns; 65 receptions for 596 yards and one touchdown; 39 kickoff returns for 797 yards

Little bit of everything:Boone ranked 37th in FBS with 127 all-purpose yards per game in 2016, despite battling injuries.

In the 200s:Boone set a Baker County High School record with 211 receiving yards in a game in 2013. After switching to running back the following season, Boone became the first Bearcats running back with at least 200 rushing yards since Isaiah Pead in 2010. Boone had 212 and a touchdown on 19 carries against South Florida. * * 


Curtis Cothran

Position:DT| College:Penn State

Height:6-5| Weight:301

Year:Graduate senior| Hometown:Newtown, Pennsylvania

Career stats: 54 tackles (23 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks in 39 games (21 starts)

Worth a mention:Cothran earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors from conference coaches as a senior and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Transition years:Cothran was asked to bulk up and move from defensive end to defensive tackle at Penn State. He redshirted 2013 and appeared in one game in 2014 before taking the field for all 13 games in 2015. Cothran **added 60 pounds** along the way.


Garret Dooley

Position:LB | College:Wisconsin

Height:6-2| Weight:246

Year:Graduated senior| Hometown:Rochester, Illinois

Career stats: 84 tackles (43 solo), 18.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, one pass breakup in 39 games (16 starts)

Making an impression:Big Ten coaches voted Dooley to the All-Big Ten Second Team, and media placed him on the Third Team. He was invited to the 2018 Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. He had a 33-inch vertical (tied for eighth among edge rushers), broad jump of 10 feet, 1 inch (tied for sixth) and was clocked with a time of 4.28 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle (tied for fifth).

Patience:Dooley redshirted in 2013 and did not play in 2014. He appeared in 11 games in 2015 before getting more playing time in 2016 (two starts). At last, Dooley started all 14 games in 2017, helping the Badgers defense rank No. 2 nationally in yards allowed per game (262.1) and No. 3 in points allowed per game (13.9).


Armanti Foreman

Position:WR | College:Texas

Height:6-0| Weight:209

Year:Senior| Hometown:Texas City, Texas

Career stats: 86 receptions for 1,070 yards and 11 touchdowns; nine rush attempts for 75 yards and one touchdown; 21 kickoff returns for 414 yards in 45 games (21 starts)

Finish with a flash:Foreman caught four passes in the Texas Bowl, including an 18-yard touchdown on his final collegiate offensive play.

Sales pitch: Foreman's twin brother D'Onta, a third-round draft pick of the Texans last year, penned a **letter of support** for why a team should draft Armanti in The Players' Tribune *before the draft. *D'Onta wrote:

"So yeah, give me a call, but in the meantime here's the deal: I can tell you straight up that Armanti will give you max effort every time out, the reality is just that my brother is a little bit different in how he goes about his business. He's not the rah-rah type. He likes to observe, and he doesn't always say a ton. He's just a really calm and collected guy, and some people, unfortunately, take that to mean that he doesn't care, or that he's not serious enough about wanting to be great.

"That couldn't be further from the truth."


Chris Gonzalez

Position:Guard | College:San Jose State

Height:6-3 | Weight:310

Year:  | Hometown:Los Angeles, California

Career stats: started 36 of 44 games; garnered All-Mountain West Honorable Mention after starting all 13 games in 2017

Smooth transition: In addition to starting three seasons at right guard from 2015-17, Gonzalez appeared in eight games as a reserve tight end and on special teams in 2014 after redshirting in 2013.

Awarded: Gonzalez was named to the Mountain West All-Academic team four times, and he was a two-time recipient of the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar award.


Holton Hill

Position:CB | College:Texas

Height:6-2| Weight:196* *

Year:Junior| Hometown:Houston, Texas

Career stats: 122 tackles (92 solo), 11 pass breakups, three interceptions (returned all three for scores) in 26 games (20 starts)

Give him 6:Hill ranked second in school history with three career interceptions for touchdowns, and he became the third player in school history with pick 6s in consecutive games (Maryland and San Jose State) in 2017. Hill also housed a blocked field goal against the Terrapins.* * 

In the family:Hill's nickname is "Hollywood." His father, also Holton Hill, played linebacker at Texas-El Paso from 1980-82.


Tyler Hoppes

Position:TE | College:Nebraska

Height:6-4| Weight:245*  *

Year:Senior| Hometown:Lincoln, Nebraska

Career stats: 34 receptions for 377 yards and three touchdowns in 22 games (10 starts) at Nebraska; caught five passes for 49 yards and a touchdown as a freshman at Wayne State

Reserve to record:Hoppes sat out 2014 per transfer rules and spent 2015-16 as a reserve before breaking out with 34 receptions (school record by a tight end) in his senior season.

Distinguished off the field:Hoppes was named Academic All-Big Ten in 2016 and '17, was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll six times and twice garnered placement on the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams.* *


Hercules Mata'afa

Position:LB | College:Washington State* *

Height:6-2| Weight:254* *

Year:Redshirt junior| Hometown:Lahaina, Hawaii

Career stats: 123 tackles (79 solo), 47 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks, three forced fumbles in 39 games (25 starts); ranked 10th in sacks per game (.81) and sixth in tackles for loss per game (1.7) in 2017

Record books:Mata'afa set a school record with 22.5 tackles for loss in 2017. He finished his career with 47 in just three seasons (second in Cougars history) and 22.5 sacks, which is tied for fourth in school history. Mata'afa was All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2015, Second Team in 2016 and First Team in 2017 when he also was named Polynesian College Football Player of the Year.

Reppin': At the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, Mata'afa did 26 reps of 225 pounds (tied for third among edge rushers). He had top 10 times among the position group in the 40-yard dash (4.76 seconds), 3-cone drill (7.24 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.37 seconds).


Trevon Mathis

Position:CB | College:Toledo

Height:6-0| Weight:186* *

Year:Senior| Hometown:Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Career stats: 120 tackles (90 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, 24 pass breakups, six interceptions in 51 games (33 starts)

Big in big game:Mathis, a team captain, had four tackles and an interception in the MAC Championship against Akron.  

4-for-4:The Rockets made a bowl game in each of Mathis' four seasons.  Toledo went 39-13 in those four years.


Tray Matthews

Position:S | College:Auburn

Height:6-0| Weight:207

Year:Graduated senior| Hometown:Newnan, Georgia

Career stats: 217 tackles (128 solo), 6.0 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, five interceptions in 45 games (includes three seasons at Auburn and freshman season at Georgia)

Fully involved: Matthews had eight tackles, a sack and a pass breakup in the Tigers SEC Championship loss to Georgia, the team he played for in 2013 before transferring.

Bowl invitations:As a top prep prospect, Matthews was invited to the 2013 Army All-American Bowl and Junior Bowl. He capped his college career with an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.


Kamryn Pettway

Position:FB | College:Auburn

Height:6-0| Weight:236

Year:Redshirt junior| Hometown:Montgomery, Alabama

Career stats: 285 carries for 1,529 yards and 13 touchdowns; six receptions for 58 yards in 28 games (10 starts)

Big games: Auburn went 5-0 in games when Pettway rushed for 150 or more yards. After averaging 5.9 yards per carry and 122.4 yards per game in 2016, Pettway's 2017 campaign was derailed by a shoulder injury.

Family man: Pettway is one of six siblings, he is married and has a daughter.


Peter Pujals

Position:QB | College:Holy Cross

Height:6-2| Weight:215* *

Year:Redshirt senior| Hometown:Glenview, Illinois

Career stats: completed 1,071 of 1,796 passes (59.6 percent) for 11,695 yards with 84 touchdowns and 43 interceptions; rushed 511 times for 1,756 yards and 19 touchdowns in 48 games

Bounced back: Pujals returned from a shoulder injury in 2016 and capitalized on a medical redshirt. He ranked 14th in FCS in completions per game (21.6) and 15th in passing yards per game (252.4). Two seasons earlier, Pujals ranked third in completions per game (26) and fourth in passing yards per game (290.5).

Flinging it:Prior to his injury, Pujals set a school record for completions in a game (42) on 64 attempts for 427 yards against New Hampshire to garner Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors.


Korey Robertson

Position:WR | College:Southern Miss

Height:6-2| Weight:212* *

Year:Redshirt junior| Hometown:Greenville, Mississippi

Career stats: 127 receptions for 1,743 yards and 18 touchdowns in 40 games

Big finish: In 2017, Robertson totaled 12 touchdowns, which ranked eighth in FBS, before declaring for the draft. Robertson totaled 76 receptions for 1,106 yards to earn First-Team All-Conference USA honors.

One of seven:Robertson has two brothers and four sisters.


Roc Thomas

Position:RB | College:Jacksonville State

Height:5-10| Weight:198* *

Year:Senior| Hometown:Oxford, Alabama

Career stats: 391 carries for 2,322 yards and 23 touchdowns; 54 receptions for 644 yards and two touchdowns (includes first two seasons at Auburn and final two at Jacksonville State)

Top 10s: Thomas ranked 10th in FCS with 13 rushing touchdowns and 5.98 yards per carry in 2017.

No problem as newbie:In 2016, Thomas' first season at Jacksonville State, he garnered OVC Newcomer of the Week four times and was named to the All-OVC First Team.

Jake Wieneke

Position:WR | College:South Dakota State

Height:6-4| Weight:205* *

Year:Senior| Hometown:Maple Grove, Minnesota

Career stats: 288 receptions for 5,157 yards and 59 touchdowns (holds school and conference career records in all three categories); three rushes for 135 yards and a touchdown; ranked second in FCS with 16 touchdown catches and ninth with 101.2 receiving yards per game in 2017

Four-timer: Wieneke became the first player in Jackrabbits history to garner All-America honors in four seasons. He also was All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team in each season.

Back in the day:Wieneke was a finalist for Mr. Football after catching 68 receptions for 1,330 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior season at Maple Grove. He also was named North Offensive MVP in the Minnesota All-Star Game thanks to a two-touchdown game in June 2013.


Jonathan Wynn

Position:DE | College:Vanderbilt

Height:6-5*| Weight: *265

Year:Fifth-year senior| Hometown:Stone Mountain, Georgia

Career stats: 85 tackles (48 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, six pass breakups in 46 games (24 starts)

Teammates again: Wynn redshirted at Vanderbilt in 2013 before hitting the field in 2014, which was Vikings defensive end and fellow Georgia native Stephen Weatherly's redshirt-sophomore season.

High school highs:Wynn garnered First-Team All-State honors after totaling 19 tackles for loss and 11 sacks to help the Stephenson Jaguars reach the second round of the AAAAA playoffs as a senior.

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