The Vikings took receiver and punt returner Aundrae Allison from East Carolina. Allison, who is 6 feet, 197 pounds, had 62 receptions for 708 yards with four touchdowns in 11 games last season. He was slowed last season by an ankle injury. In 2005, he caught 83 passes for 1,024 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games.
Here’s what Pro Football Weekly had to say: “Natural talent who is still very green coming from the junior-college ranks and has a high ceiling. Intelligence and toughness deficiencies could hinder development.
Updated quotes: We just got off the phone with Allison. (Well, that’s not entirely true. I also ate a few pieces of pizza first.) Anyway, Allison said he expected to go to Tampa Bay. Asked why he thought he lasted so long, Allison said: “I feel like the people that picked over me just the history of them making good picks is not good at all. It’s not a coincidence on how the people they pick they don’t ever really make the playoffs. I feel Minnesota is good at evaluating talent and the organization is on the come up. … The teams that passed on me, I felt like they weren’t doing research good enough.”
Allison did not make a pre-draft visit to Minnesota but did talk to the team at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. Allison agreed that he will get a good opportunity with the Vikings.
“They don’t really have a permanent receiving corps and I feel like I can go in there and just compete. I’m confident in my skill level. I feel like I just know that when I get there and the opportunity is give to me that I’m going to make the best out of it. I pretty much look forward to getting a lot of PT this year.”