Roundup: Gerhart will likely miss OTA, minicamp too

Rookie RB Toby Gerhart will miss the Vikings’ OTA next week, and minicamp in June is in jeopardy too, thanks to Stanford’s mid-June graduation ceremonies. NFL rules prohibit draft picks from participating in anything more than a rookie minicamp before their school’s graduation.

Stanford operates on the quarter system, and Gerhart is scheduled to graduate on June 13 (the final day of Vikings’ minicamp). The rule similarly cost Cardinals RB Beanie Wells a few opportunities to get on the field last year, putting him behind the curve. But at least in Gerhart’s case, he is not competing for a starting role in Minnesota — thanks to Adrian Peterson. But he’s still involved in the playbook.

Gerhart told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he is still hopeful of making it out to minicamp.

“We’re trying to figure out how all that is going to work out,” Gerhart said. “I don’t know. We’ll see. We’re trying to figure out how to get around everything so I can make it to that.”

“I’m just out here running and lifting on my own and trying to learn as much as I can without being there,” he added.

Other news making it Around the Web on a casual Friday:

  • Current Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told Drew Brees that he wanted to draft him in 2001, according to a story in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Brees was in town and retold the story that Williams reminds him every day that he wanted to draft Brees to Buffalo in 2001. A touch of revisionist history? Perhaps. But something Bills fans can lament during the long offseason.
  • Broncos coach Josh McDaniels believes that RB Brian Westbrook would be a good fit, according to the Denver Post. “I think he fits in with the molds of our backs. They’re not one dimensional, and he certainly isn’t either,” McDaniels said. “If we have the opportunity to add him, we just think it would make our football team better.”
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