Caleb King will still get a chance to try to live his NFL dream even after his Monday didn’t go exactly as he wanted.
The former Georgia running back was not selected in the NFL supplemental draft, but later agreed to a free agent deal with the Minnesota Vikings, according to his agent Kevin Conner.
He said that King had “multiple offers,” as a free agent and took his time before making the decision.
King entered the draft after being declared academically ineligible in July before his senior season.
He held a workout for pro teams last week at Georgia’s practice fields, but was one of five players in the draft that were not picked.
“It’s not disappointing when you get an opportunity to play at the highest level,” said Conner who mentioned former Tennessee tailback Arian Foster and former Oregon tailback LaGarrette Blount as examples of players who had success recently after going undrafted
Conner said King was looking for the best opportunity “to maximize his potential” and “to make an active roster.” He was to leave for Minnesota Monday night.
The Vikings said they couldn’t confirm until a player has signed. ESPN 1500 Twin Cities said King must pass a physical today before the deal is finalized.
The draft was conducted electronically from NFL headquarters in New York. Conner said he was with King when the seven rounds came and went without King getting taken.
The Oakland Raiders selected former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round. They will forfeit their third round pick in next year’s draft.
King rushed for 1,271 yards and 10 touchdowns in three seasons at Georgia. He was suspended for two games last season and missed the Liberty Bowl after missing his fifth academic appointment. King started five games in 2009 and five in 2010.
“The inability to secure himself as the feature runner at Georgia is testament to his inconsistency,” SI.com’s Tony Pauline wrote. “King offers a lot of physical skill but needs to desperately take his game to another level and play up to his ability on an every-down basis. He has the skills necessary to make it as the third running back on the depth chart if he produces on special teams.”
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