Vikings sign 9 undrafted free agents, including Virginia Tech WR Tre Turner

After selecting six players on Saturday in the fourth through seventh round of the 2022 draft, the Vikings got to work quickly and signed nine undrafted free agents to round out their 90-man roster.

Here is the UDFA class, which was announced by the team:

  • Mike Brown, S, Miami, Ohio
  • Thomas Hennigan, WR, App St.
  • Bryant Koback, RB, Toledo
  • Zach McCloud, OLB, Miami
  • Josh Sokol, C, Sacred Heart
  • Tyarise Stevenson, DT, Tulsa
  • Tre Turner, WR, VT
  • Luiji Vilain, OLB, Wake Forest
  • Ryan Wright, P, Tulane

The biggest name in the peloton is Turner, who was ranked 215th on Athletic’s big consensus board. He also earned a 6th-7th round mark from Dane Brugler of The Athletic. Here is Brugler’s reconnaissance report:

Despite poor quarterback play during his time at Blacksburg, he produced steady reception numbers and was fifth in Hokies history in catches (134) and receiving yards (2,292). Turner has been a basketball-focused athlete much of his life, and it shows on the court with his ability to frame his strikes and finish through contact. Although he uses tempo as a road runner, he will need to improve his attention to detail to overcome his lack of ideal physical traits. Overall, Turner’s lackluster game strength and separation skills are disappointing, but his above-average acceleration and ball skills will give him a shot at earning a spot on the NFL roster, especially if he is improving on special teams.

With the Vikings drafting just one receiver — Michigan State’s Jalen Nailor in the sixth round — Turner and Hennigan will have a chance to compete for spots on the roster or practice squad.

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Here’s a fun fact: Turner and Hennigan played together at the same high school, Northwest Guilford in Greensboro, North Carolina. Even better? Their high school mascot/name was the Vikings. Now they are teammates again and Vikings again.

Vilain was traded from Michigan to Wake Forest to get more playing time and broke out with 9 sacks and 3 forced fumbles last season. He has NFL-caliber physical traits and received a whopping $227,000 guaranteed to sign with the Vikings, indicating they had competition for his services. He also thinks he has a chance to stick around.

A player on this list only has to beat another player to make the list and see instant playtime, and that’s Wright, the bettor. He averaged 47.5 yards per punt last season at Tulane and will face veteran Jordan Berry, who was only decent last year for the Vikings and has a minimum contract with no money guaranteed. Berry obviously has a significant advantage in terms of NFL experience.

The star of this group from an athletics perspective is Koback, who posted a relative athletic score of 9.74 (RAS).

Not a ton stands out from the rest of the group. McCloud was captain in Miami and led them in sacks last season. Brown finished his college career at Miami’s other school (Ohio’s) with 18.5 TFL and four picks. Hennigan was a productive receiver at App State. Sokol is a prospect in the sports center of a small school. Stevenson is a huge DT at 352 pounds.

They’ll all have a chance to impress alongside the Vikings’ draft picks at rookie minicamp in a few weeks.

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