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Updated: April 26th, 2010 10:51am
Rounding up the tryout guys

Rounding up the tryout guys

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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We won't spend too much time chasing the names of players who will participate in the Minnesota Vikings' rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis.


They are, after all, the longest of the long shots, and most of them (if not all) won't even get a contract offer when it's over.

But thanks to the power of Google, here's a partial list:

• LB Jaevery McFadden, Wisconsin
• DE Barrett Moen, Minnesota
• OL Bill Noethlich, Southwest Minnesota State
• QB Ryan Perriloux, Jacksonville State
• RB Tyler Roehl, North Dakota State
• DB Marcus Sherels, Minnesota
• DB Matt Winney, Wisconsin-La Crosse

The Vikings selected eight players in last week's NFL draft and agreed to terms with 10 more on rookie free-agent contracts shortly after.

The roster now stands at 81 -- one over the offseason limit -- but end Ray Edwards and the eight draft picks don't count because they're not under contract.

UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: According to the University of Northern Iowa's Web site, three former Panthers will be in the Vikings' camp: DT Wes Lane, RB Derrick Law and LB Elijah Hodge, who spent four years at the University of Wisconsin and is the brother of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Abdul Hodge.

LB Zach Watkins, a Division II all-American at Washburn University in Kansas, reportedly will attend, as will OL Jake Arthur of South Dakota.

That makes at least a dozen tryout guys, and more names probably will surface in the coming days. Unlike training camp, there is no limit on the number of players who can participate without a contract during such minicamps.

UPDATE, 8:50 a.m. Tuesday: Add these guys to the list: Minnesota State-Mankato CB Kelvin Rodgers and T Adrian Battles, and Northern Illinois C Eddie Adamski.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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