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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Vikings sign a Saluki WR

The Vikings signed Southern Illinois WR Brent Little on Friday.

Little went undrafted and attended training camp with the Cleveland Browns.

Little is 6-foot, and he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.

A four-year starter, he caught 124 passes for 2,303 yards and 20 touchdowns at Southern Illinois.

Here is what a Sports Illustrated draft preview said of him:

POSITIVES: Solid small-school receiver with marginal NFL potential. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, offers the quarterback a nice target and displays good eye/hand coordination. Runs well laterally making the reception in stride and uses his body to shield away opponents.

NEGATIVES: Not quick releasing off the line, lacks a second gear and home run-hitting speed. Good size, yet seems to have difficulties in battles.


Blogger Vikesrock101 said...

Where do the Vikings come up with these nobodys? The Wilfs are willing to spend money on Free Agents and they sign a WR who couldn't even make it on the Brown's team! Give us a break already!!

5:17 PM  
Blogger Megdi said...

What the hell is the Vikings thinking....are we that cheap???

8:28 AM  
Blogger mark said...

Zygi didn't say how he was going to spend the money. Just that he was going to spend up to the salary cap. Maybe he thinks that if he signs 35 of these guys, maybe one will pan out. Just kidding!

My 10 year old says we should trade our 1st pick for McNabb and our 2nd and 3rd pick for Larry Fitzgerald and throw Williamson in the mix for whoever wants him!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Tyler said...

Good luck getting Larry Fitzgerald for a 2nd and 3rd round pick. We couldn't even get him for a 1st round pick. Also, who wants a reciever that can't catch the ball?

3:01 PM  
Blogger Sean Jensen said...

Players like this are often brought on for training camp purposes. Perhaps, he can land on the practice squad. But don't dismiss him just because he hasn't landed on an NFL team. There are a lot of quality players who bounce around before finding a home. Think of Rob Bironas, the Tennessee Titans kicker.

5:53 PM  
Blogger nick said...

What do all these men have in common?: Antonio Gates, Kurt Warner (two-time mvp and Super Bowl champ), Rod Smith (4th leading career yards receiver in NFL history), Priest Holmes, Willie Parker, Adam Vinatieri, Jake Delhomme, and Adewale Ogunleye. They were undrafted college football players, except for Gates (he played basketball), who went on to become NFL stars. I'm not saying this guy's going to be a star, but let's not just throw him under the bus like that. He's obviously got talent and decent size, and it's not like we're breaking the bank on him. Every team does this (i.e. undrafted rookie free agents). There's no need to talk this guy up, there's really no need to talk about this guy at all, and there is definitely no need to diss him. Guy's like this are low-risk, and sometimes tend to be high-reward.

8:22 PM  
Blogger mark said...

So let me ask everyone out there:

Do we give up draft picks for a player? Which position and who?

I think if we do that, it will only get us one player and the rest will have to come through the draft.

How about free agents?

Last time I checked Larry Fitzgerald is pretty good at catching the ball. 100 catches for 1409 yards this year.

2:34 PM  
Blogger nick said...

We have to find a receiver. Whether it's through the draft or free agency. Simply getting rid of Williamson and finding a guy who can at least catch the football would at least turn our receivers into respectable, considering a healthy Ferguson, Wade keeps progressing after a year in the system, and stud 22 year-old second year player in Sidney Rice.

5:12 PM  

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