Defensive line was clearly not much of a priority for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2012 NFL Draft, as the team added just one player, California's Trevor Guyton, that can play on the line. To remedy this, as 1500 ESPN Twin Cities announced on Saturday, the Vikings have already agreed to terms with 15 undrafted free agents, and six of them play on the defensive line.
Only two of the 15 players, Derrick Coleman-RB and Kamar Jorden-WR, hail from offensive skill positions, as its clear that the Vikings needed the most help on the defensive side of the ball.
Here's a full list:
• Boise State DT Chase Baker
• UCLA RB Derrick Coleman
• Florida Atlantic DE Kevin Cyrille
• Nicholls State CB Bobby Felder
• Bowling Green WR Kamar Jorden
• Penn State DE Eric Latimore
• Iowa LB Tyler Nielsen
• Cal DE Ernest Owusu
• Hawaii LB Corey Paredes
• Virginia G Austin Pasztor
• North Carolina DT Tydreke Powell
• Missouri DT Terrell Resonno
• Mississippi State C Quentin Saulsberry
• Oregon T Darrion Weems
• South Carolina CB CC Whitlock
The Vikings' draft was given a B-plus by CBSSports.com, as top pick Matt Kalil is expected to anchor the offensive line for the next decade. Despite the long odds facing the 15 players above when it comes to actually making the active roster, general manager Rick Spielman is confident that he'll be able to find a few diamonds in the rough here, and maybe even a future starter down the line.