MANKATO — A year ago, former Minnesota State receiver Adam Thielen attended the Minnesota Vikings’ post-draft, free-agent tryout and secured a contract for training camp, which turned into a season on the practice squad and another contract for the upcoming camp.
Former Mavericks Chris Schaudt and Jon Wolf are going to try to do the same thing.
Schaudt, a defensive end, and Wolf, a quarterback, will participate in the Vikings’ tryout camp Friday through Sunday at Winter Park. They will report Thursday and be joined by draft choices, undrafted free agents and others in the same situation as them.
“Adam’s excited for us,” Schaudt said. “It will be like a reunion out there with him, Wolf and me.”
Schaudt, who is 6-foot-4 and 272 pounds, finished last season with 50 tackles, including 11 for a loss and 6.5 sacks. He holds programs records of 33.5 sacks and 58.5 tackles for loss. He was one of eight finalists for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award.
There has been talk of switching him to a pass-rushing linebacker, but the Vikings use a 4-3 scheme similar to what Schaudt did at Minnesota State.
“I haven’t really talked to anyone up there yet,” Schaudt said. “I’m just excited to get back into football and put my hand in the ground. With not having spring ball this year, it’s been a while since I’ve done any football stuff.”
Schaudt’s agent, Evan Brennan, said that the Washington Redskins remain interested in his client.
“I just want to show the coaches I can fly around out there and go 100 percent,” Schaudt said. “I want to show them that I shouldn’t have been overlooked (in the draft).”
Wolf, 6-4 and 220 pounds, was named the Northern Sun’s offensive player of the year and was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, which honors the top player in Division II. He completed 119 of 190 passes for 2,054 yards and 17 touchdowns with just one interception and led the Mavericks in rushing with 1,150 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.