As of today, the only unsigned Vikings are first-round pick Matt Kalil and third-rounder Josh Robinson. The fact that Kalil is unsigned isn't a big surprise. Of the 32 players that remain unsigned, eight of them were the top eight selections in April's draft – Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Kalil, Justin Blackmon, Morris Claiborne, Mark Barron and Ryan Tannehill. Other first-rounders that remain unsigned include Dontari Poe (No. 11, Kansas City), Kendall Wright (No. 20, Tennessee), Brandon Weeden (No. 22, Cleveland), Riley Reiff (No. 23, Detroit), David DeCastro (No. 24, Pittsburgh) and Dont'a Hightower (No. 25, New England).
It doesn't surprise many that the top picks remain unsigned. That's been a tradition for years – pre- and post-lockout – but Robinson remaining unsigned shouldn't be a big surprise either. Of the 32 unsigned rookies, 14 of them are first-round picks and 13 more are third-round selections. Why it has been so difficult to get third-round picks locked down remains something of mystery, but they are believed to be seeking contracts closer to the second-rounders. The other five unsigned players include just three second-round picks, one fourth-rounder (WR Nick Toon, New Orleans) and one fifth-round pick (WR Juron Criner, Oakland).
Only two teams have more unsigned players than the Vikings – Miami and Indianapolis. The Colts are the team that can least afford to have players unsigned, since Indianapolis was the worst team in the league last year. Their three unsigned players were their top three picks – Luck, second-round TE Coby Fleener and third-round TE Dwayne Allen.
Twelve teams have signed all their draft picks – the Jets, Ravens, Chargers, Giants, Eagles, Packers, Bears, Falcons, Panthers, 49ers, Cardinals and Seahawks.
With three weeks left until training camps start to open, expect the remaining unsigned players to start popping ink on the contracts and getting deals done. Considering how many players typically were unsigned, having so few players left to sign is a positive sign that the number of potential holdouts will be minimal by the time things start for real in training camp.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.