Six former Minnesota Golden Gophers were offered spots at NFL Rookie tryout camps in the next few weeks to try and win a training camp roster spot this summer.
The following players have received invites to the following NFL team’s rookie minicamps:
Kunle Ayinde -DB—Minnesota Vikings
Kobe McCrary -RB— Minnesota Vikings
Merrick Jackson —DL—Minnesota Vikings
Jonathan Celestin -LB-Houston Texans
Garrison Wright -OL—Cleveland Browns
Nate Wozniak -TE-
Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders
Woznaik was set to attend the Falcons and Raiders rookie camps but on Sunday was signed by the New Orleans Saints as a undrafted free agent and will head to training camp with the Saints!
BREAKING: Nate Wozniak has signed a free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints. Congrats Woz! pic.twitter.com/fMgoN45j7x— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 29, 2018
These minicamps normally contain the draft picks of the various teams along with the signed undrafted free agents and then a group of players brought in on rookie tryouts. In general only a few of the rookie players actually make it from the tryout to the training camp roster. However, it definitely does happen. The most notable example being Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen.
Additionally, while these are the announced camps for these players so far, if the players do not connect with the first team they try out for and earn a training camp spot they can visit additional camps and try and get a training camp invite that way.
Congrats and good luck to all of the Former Gophers trying to make it one step further in their quest to make the NFL.