Updated: 03/03/2014 4:52 PM KSTP.com By: Nick Tabbert
New Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman talk Monday with Gophers head coach Jerry Kill.
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Athletes, coaches, and scouts gathered at the University of Minnesota Monday morning for Gophers Pro Day. Approximately 40 athletes from schools within the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota worked out in front of NFL scouts. Among the former Gophers players were Ra'Shede Hageman and Brock Vereen, both of whom are likely to be drafted in May.
According to the University of Minnesota, 19 NFL teams attended the Pro Day. The Minnesota Vikings by far had the most scouts, including new head coach Mike Zimmer, new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, and General Manager Rick Spielman - who spoke to the media during the event.
Nine former Gophers athletes worked out for teams: Jeremy Baltazar, Jake Filkins, Hageman, Aaron Hill, Roland Johnson, Victor Keise, James Manuel, Martez Shabazz, and Vereen. Derrick Engel was also present but is recovering from an injury suffered during the season.
Other athletes came from Augsburg College, Bethel University, Hamline University, St. Cloud State, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
The NFL Draft will be held May 8-10 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. The Vikings currently have the eighth pick while the Green Bay Packers have the 21st.