The NFL draft wrapped up Saturday without any Northwestern players getting their name called at Radio City Music Hall. Kain Colter and Tyler Scott quickly signed undrafted free agent contracts with the Minnesota Vikings upon completion of the draft.
Excited to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings organization. Looking forward to helping them win a Super Bowl.
— Kain Colter (@KainColter_2) May 10, 2014
Colter didn't get any break during the offseason, promoting unionization with the College Athletes Players Association and working out for NFL teams. Colter underwent surgery for his lingering ankle injury, forcing him to rest for a couple months and withdraw from the Senior Bowl.
Going undrafted has its benefits. Colter and Scott were able to select where they wanted to sign, unlike those who were drafted. The two have a better shot of making the 53-man roster in Minnesota than they would with most NFL teams.
Colter, who is making the switch from quarterback to wide receiver, will be competing with several other wideouts for a roster spot. The Vikings have eight wide receivers on the depth chart, four of which have little to no NFL experience. They also signed undrafted wide receiver Erik Lora from Eastern Illinois. Minnesota won't keep more than six receivers on the roster, and the Vikings' other wideouts on the bubble have a lot of size and athleticism. Colter will need to impress with sure hands and solid route-running to even have a chance at making the team.
Tyler Scott is just as much of a long shot to make the Vikings' final roster, but one former Wildcat certainly has a spot. Corey Wooton signed with Minnesota in March and will backup either Brian Robison or Everson Griffen. Third round draft pick Scott Crichton will likely assume the other backup position. After signing undrafted Virginia Cavalier Jake Snyder, Minnesota will have at least four defensive ends fighting for one spot, if there even is another spot. Although Scott and Colter were able to choose teams weak at their respective positions, their chances at making the 53-man roster in Minnesota is doubtful at best.