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    Vikings, Saints working overtime - Vikes Best In FA

    [size=18px]Vikings, Saints working overtime[/size]
    By Todd McShay
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    The following is a breakdown of the top-10 players on my board still available follwing the draft, and where they've subsequently signed as free agents:

    1. Charles Gordon, DC/RS, Kansas -- Minnesota Vikings
    Gordon should simply be considered an "athlete", rather than labeled as a receiver or cornerback. He seemed far more comfortable at the wide receiver position in college, but might have more upside at cornerback in the NFL. Regardless, it was his marginal 40-yard dash times that kept him from being drafted. If the Vikings give him the proper coaching and time to develop, Gordon could emerge as a good sub-package cornerback and punt return specialist.

    2. Brian Iwuh, DS/OLB, Colorado -- Jacksonville Jaguars
    Iwuh isn't an ideal fit at either safety or linebacker, so it's unlikely he ever becomes a fulltime starter in the NFL. However, he has the versatility to line up as a nickel linebacker or situational run-stuffing safety. He also has the athletic ability, burst and tenacity to make an immediate impact on special teams. As a result, it won't be surprising to see Iwuh earn a roster spot for the Jaguars.

    3. Eric Henderson, DE, Georgia Tech -- Cincinnati Bengals
    Injuries hampered Henderson throughout his collegiate career and caused him to go undrafted. He also lacks ideal height and has room to improve in terms of his lower body strength and ability to anchor versus the run. However, Henderson's outstanding athletic ability, instincts, upper-body power and motor make him an intriguing free agent to monitor in training camp this summer. If Henderson can kick the injury bug and reach his full potential, the Bengals could be rewarded.

    4. Anwar Phillips, DC, Penn State -- New Orleans Saints
    As a former wide receiver, Phillips continued to make noticeable strides as a second-year starter at the cornerback position in 2005. He has good height, long arms and above average speed for his size. However, Phillips needs to get stronger to match up better in run support and to hold up in man-to-man coverage versus more physical receivers in the NFL. He also must become more consistent with his recognition skills and tackling. Character concerns cost Phillips a spot in the draft, but the Saints took a chance on him in the free-agent market. If Phillips can stay out of trouble and use the disappointment as motivation, he could emerge as the Saints' fifth cornerback coming out of training camp this summer.

    5. Andre Hall, RB, South Florida -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Hall made a name for himself in his first season (2004) with South Florida after transferring from the JUCO ranks. He continued to improve his draft value with a productive senior season in 2005, followed by an impressive showing at the combine. Hall lacks size and strength, and is still a bit raw in the passing game. However, he is a dangerous runner because of his vision, body control and burst, and also flashes explosiveness as a receiver and kickoff return specialist. Coach Jon Gruden could fall in love with his versatility, which gives Hall a legitimate shot to make the Buccaneers' 53-man roster.

    6. Tim Day, TE, Oregon -- Chicago Bears
    Day does not possess elite top-end speed and is never going to be a dominant blocker in the NFL. He also has durability issues, which played a big part in him going undrafted. However, Day continued to get bigger, stronger, faster and more polished throughout his three seasons as a starter at Oregon. He also remained healthy and productive as a senior in 2005. Day has a terrific feel for the passing game and shows the potential to immediately contribute as a sure-handed situational receiver in the NFL. The Bears certainly need assistance in that area, which gives Day a chance to earn a roster spot as the third tight end behind Desmond Clark and John Gilmore this season.

    7. Darrell Hackney, QB, UAB -- Cleveland Browns
    Hackney put up some impressive numbers during his final two seasons as a starter at UAB. He is thick with adequate arm strength and above average athletic ability. However, his marginal size and durability issues were major red flags that caused him to go undrafted. Hackney has his work cut out this summer, as he attempts to unseat Derek Anderson as the third quarterback in Cleveland.

    8. Greg Lee, WR, Pittsburgh -- Arizona Cardinals
    Lee was very productive during his collegiate career and is a big, durable, strong athlete with the potential to develop into a sub-package possession receiver in the NFL. However, he lacks the initial burst, top-end speed and quick-twitch athleticism to transfer his big-play ability in the NFL. To make the Cardinals' roster, Lee will need to beat out seventh-round pick Todd Watkins -- among others -- for the fifth wide receiver spot.

    9. Travis Williams, OLB, Auburn -- Atlanta Falcons
    Williams is an undersized weak-side linebacker prospect with experience inside and outside. He lacks the size to play in most schemes as a starting WLB in the NFL and does not have much more room on his frame to grow. He also lacks the speed to play safety in the NFL. However, Williams is one of the most fundamentally sound and aggressive linebackers in this year's class, and also hits much harder than his frame would indicate. He is an instinctive, athletic, tough, cerebral football player with the toughness it takes to make a contribution at the next level. The Falcons still need depth at linebacker and Williams' versatility gives him a legitimate opportunity to make the cut.

    10. Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico -- Minnesota Vikings
    Baskett had his most productive season as a senior in 2005, finishing with 1,071 yards and nine TDs on 67 receptions. He is a big, physical receiver with impressive top-end speed and leaping ability for his size. However, Baskett is not a natural pass-catcher and seems to fight the ball at times. He also lacks quick-twitch athleticism and will need lots of technique work to improve his route-running skills to the point where he can consistently separate in the NFL. Baskett will be one of at least six youngsters competing for the fifth and final wide receiver spot on the Vikings' roster.

    Other top Unsigned FA


    Drew Olson, QB, UCLA -- Baltimore Ravens
    Erik Meyer, QB, Eastern Washington -- Cincinnati Bengals
    Paul Pinegar, QB, Fresno State -- Jacksonville Jaguars
    Wendell Mathis, RB, Fresno State -- Minnesota Vikings
    Taurean Henderson, RB, Texas Tech -- Minnesota Vikings
    Gerald Riggs Jr., RB, Tennessee -- Miami Dolphins
    Matt Bernstein, FB, Wisconsin -- Detroit Lions
    Martin Nance, WR, Miami-OH -- Buffalo Bills
    Miles Austin, WR, Monmouth -- Dallas Cowboys
    Jovon Bouknight, WR, Wyoming -- Carolina Panthers
    Troy Bienemann, TE, Washington State -- New Orleans Saints
    Cooper Wallace, TE, Auburn -- Chicago Bears
    Derek Morris, OT, N.C. State -- Kansas City Chiefs
    Adam Stenavich, OG, Michigan -- Carolina Panthers
    Patrick Ross, OC, Boston College -- Seattle Seahawks
    Michael Degory, OC, Florida -- St. Louis Rams
    Mike Kudla, DE, Ohio State -- Pittsburgh Steelers
    Brandon Guillory, DE, Louisiana-Monroe -- Kansas City Chiefs
    Tony McDaniel, DT, Tennessee -- Jacksonville Jaguars
    T.J. Jackson, DT, Auburn -- Atlanta Falcons
    Kai Parham, ILB, Virginia -- Dallas Cowboys
    Dale Robinson, ILB, Arizona State -- Indianapolis Colts
    Freddie Roach, ILB, Alabama -- New England Patriots
    Spencer Havner, OLB, UCLA -- Washington Redskins
    Darrell Hunter, DC, Miami-OH -- Arizona Cardinals
    Dion Byrum, DC, Ohio -- Chicago Bears
    Dwayne Slay, DS, Texas Tech -- Chicago Bears
    Jahmile Addae, DS, West Virginia -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Most Successful Team

    Going undrafted doesn't always spell doom for NFL hopefuls. There is a long list of NFL greats who entered the league as rookie free agents, including Warren Moon, John Randle, Priest Holmes, Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme. That's why many front offices put great emphasis on signing priority free agents immediately following the conclusion of the draft.

    Some teams obviously take this part of the process more seriously than others. There are still some top prospects that have yet to be signed, but the following is my opinion of the six most successful teams during the free-agent signing period to date:

    1. Minnesota Vikings
    Key additions: Charles Gordon, DC/RS, Kansas; Wendell Mathis, RB, Fresno State; Taurean Henderson, RB, Texas Tech; Cory Ross, RB, Nebraska; Drew Olson, QB, UCLA; Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico; Ed Hinkel, WR, Iowa; Barrick Nealy, QB, Texas State.
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    Re: Vikings, Saints working overtime - Vikes Best In FA

    lets hope there are some future greats in there!

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    Re: Vikings, Saints working overtime - Vikes Best In FA

    I hope Olson at least makes the practice squad. I think he could be a decent backup.

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    Re: Vikings, Saints working overtime - Vikes Best In FA

    I think Baskett, and Nealy might have something in them..

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    I don't remember seeing Drew Olson's name anywhere. very cool!

    T.Henderson from Texas Tech could be a total sleeper. A RB at Tech is basically a WR. With the amount of passing they do, the RB blocks and catches the ball. Someone like that probably hasn't had a ton of wear and tear, and his running ability could have been masked behind the pass happy offense.

    Ed Hinkel is an interesting pick up at WR.

    Let's see who makes the team and the practice squad.

    I think that we did an excellent job with the UDFA. We have a lot of talent to evaluate during our camps.

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    Re: Vikings, Saints working overtime - Vikes Best In FA

    Maybe a couple of diamonds in the rough will make up for our CRAPPY draft!!!
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    Re: Vikings, Saints working overtime - Vikes Best In FA

    "cajunvike" wrote:
    Maybe a couple of diamonds in the rough will make up for our CRAPPY draft!!!
    maybe a couple of guys in our crappy draft will turn out to be diamonds in the rough themselves.
    WE CAN BUILD ON THIS!!!

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    Re: Vikings, Saints working overtime - Vikes Best In FA

    "COJOMAY" wrote:
    [size=18px]Vikings, Saints working overtime[/size]
    By Todd McShay
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    Drew Olson, QB, UCLA -- Baltimore Ravens
    Kai Parham, ILB, Virginia -- Dallas Cowboys



    Most Successful Team

    Going undrafted doesn't always spell doom for NFL hopefuls. There is a long list of NFL greats who entered the league as rookie free agents, including Warren Moon, John Randle, Priest Holmes, Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme. That's why many front offices put great emphasis on signing priority free agents immediately following the conclusion of the draft.

    Some teams obviously take this part of the process more seriously than others. There are still some top prospects that have yet to be signed, but the following is my opinion of the six most successful teams during the free-agent signing period to date:

    1. Minnesota Vikings
    Key additions: Charles Gordon, DC/RS, Kansas; Wendell Mathis, RB, Fresno State; Taurean Henderson, RB, Texas Tech; Cory Ross, RB, Nebraska; [size=16px]Drew Olson, QB, UCLA;[/size] Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico; Ed Hinkel, WR, Iowa; Barrick Nealy, QB, Texas State.
    Olson was signed by the Ravens not Minnesota.


    Kai Parham

    I wish that the Vikes would have signed Kai Parham was projected to be a 2nd to 4th round pick by a lot of draft experts and would have been some more help at LB.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Re: Vikings, Saints working overtime - Vikes Best In FA

    "whackthepack" wrote:
    "COJOMAY" wrote:
    [size=18px]Vikings, Saints working overtime[/size]
    By Todd McShay
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    Drew Olson, QB, UCLA -- Baltimore Ravens
    Kai Parham, ILB, Virginia -- Dallas Cowboys



    Most Successful Team

    Going undrafted doesn't always spell doom for NFL hopefuls. There is a long list of NFL greats who entered the league as rookie free agents, including Warren Moon, John Randle, Priest Holmes, Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme. That's why many front offices put great emphasis on signing priority free agents immediately following the conclusion of the draft.

    Some teams obviously take this part of the process more seriously than others. There are still some top prospects that have yet to be signed, but the following is my opinion of the six most successful teams during the free-agent signing period to date:

    1. Minnesota Vikings
    Key additions: Charles Gordon, DC/RS, Kansas; Wendell Mathis, RB, Fresno State; Taurean Henderson, RB, Texas Tech; Cory Ross, RB, Nebraska; [size=16px]Drew Olson, QB, UCLA;[/size] Hank Baskett, WR, New Mexico; Ed Hinkel, WR, Iowa; Barrick Nealy, QB, Texas State.
    Olson was signed by the Ravens not Minnesota.


    Kai Parham

    I wish that the Vikes would have signed Kai Parham was projected to be a 2nd to 4th round pick by a lot of draft experts and would have been some more help at LB.
    Whack, good catch!

    I didn't think he was with the Vikes, I thought I missed something previously.

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    Re: Vikings, Saints working overtime - Vikes Best In FA

    You would hope at least one of these would amount to something.

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