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Minnesota Football: Six Former Gophers Get Invites to NFL Rookie Tryout Camps

Ayinde, Celestin, Jackson, McCrary, Wozniak, and Wright will all try and earn a training camp roster spot

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Kobe will try and earn a spot at Vikings training camp!
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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!

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.

Also, it appears former Gopher Gaelin Elmore who transferred to Eastern Carolina for his final season of eligibility has signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Congrats and good luck to all of the Former Gophers trying to make it one step further in their quest to make the NFL.