2012 NFL Undrafted Free Agents – NFC North – Minnesota Vikings

Tyler Nielsen, LB, Iowa – 6033 238 4.74 Started 20 games over his career with experience inside or outside. Feels more comfortable on the outside. Face up tackler who uses his hands well covering the slot receivers. Plays on or off line of scrimmage. Has the speed to cover backs and tight ends. Rarely blitzes but has caused quarterbacks to speed up their delivery. Smart player who understands the whole defense. Not a flashy type of player, but is solid. Can do the dirty work. Generally plays square but can get turned in the hole or pushed by the running lane. Will take good downfield angles and finish the play. Active and around the ball. Collected 13 tackles in the Michigan game. Projects to a Sam linebacker in either a 4-3 or 3- 4 scheme. Smart and instinctive. Needs to bend better to ward off low cut blocks. Will contribute on special teams. Plays on the punt team. Has an injury history including two plates and 19 screws in his left hand. Broke a vertebrae in his neck in 2010. 2011 stats: 73 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack. Edge speed:left 2.00, right 2.19. OSR:7/14. Sixth/seventh round. (A-31 3/4, H-9 1/4, BP-21, SS-4.31).

Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina – 6020 311 5.36 Two-year starter and team captain. A 4-3 type tackle who is a fringe athlete but gives a good effort. Flashes first step quickness to penetrate gaps. Gets stuck on the line of scrimmage if he doesn’t win on the first move. Has a tendency to stop his feet when pushing the pocket, especially when he loses his knee bend. Needs to elevate his consistency in his overall game. At times he plays with a power base to anchor against the run. Big strong hands with the ability to disengage blocker and find the ball. A 20-play a game rotational player who upgrades quality of depth. Produces with limitations. 2011 stats: 46 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1 sack, 5 PD. Edge speed:left 2.20, right 2.23. OSR:23/ 27. Sixth/seventh round. (A-32 1/2, H-10 1/8, BP-29, 10-1.84).

Quentin Saulsberry, OC, Mississippi State – 6023 304 5.28 Four-year starter with experience at right tackle as well as left and right guard. Plays with a good power base and quick feet. Played left and right guard interchangeably in 2010. Good initial move. Can adjust on the run. Takes a good inside out approach on kick out blocks. Lead blocker on base counter running plays for the Bulldogs. Equally efficient on log or kick out blocks. Explodes on target. Works to finish. Good lateral agility and quickness on cut off blocks. A physical knee bender with good leg drive. Uses his hands to lock up and control defender. Plays in a leverage football position. Good effort on second level blocks. Stays balanced with good knee bend, change of direction, and body control. Started the 2011 season at center before teammate’s injury shifted him to right guard. Effective to take good angles to the second level and cut off the pursuit. Locks on the defender and gets movement. Plays on his feet. Plays with leverage where he gets under the pass rusher and can stop a bull rush. Was a war dog in the LSU game. Gave Michael Brockers #90 all he could handle on down blocks and zone reach blocks. Competitive and smart in his play. Can recover if he gets beat off on the snap. Possibly the best inside puller in the 2012 Draft. Uses quickness and acceleration as he adjusts on the move. Can turn up and seal inside. Good contact and follow through. Good impact at the point of attack. OSR:48/48. Fifth/ sixth round. (A-33 3/4, H-9 7/8, BP-26, 10-1.85).

Chase Baker, DT, Boise State

Derrick Coleman, RB, UCLA

Kevin Cyrille, DE, Florida Atlantic

Bobby Felder, DC, Nicholls State

Kamar Jorden, WR, Bowling Green

Eric Lattimore, DE, Penn State

Ernest Owusu, DE, California

Corey Paredes, LB, Hawaii

Austin Pasztor, OG, Virginia

Terrell Resonno, DT, Missouri

Darrion Weems, OL, Oregon

CC Whitlock, DB, South Carolina



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