Bass, who had 39½ sacks in his college career, stood out in the East-West Shrine Game, one of the annual all-star events for prospects before the draft.
— Michael Cox, Massachusetts running back, New York Giants.
Cox played first at Michigan but redshirted his freshman year and totaled only 19 carries over three seasons before graduating and using his final year of eligibility at FCS school Massachusetts. Cox is in competition for the third running back spot behind David Wilson and Andre Brown and could also find a niche on special teams.
Cox managed 715 yards and five touchdowns rushing last season for the Minutemen, who finished 1-11. But a strong performance at the NFL scouting combine helped put him higher on the radar, and the Giants were intrigued enough to draft him in the seventh round.
— Adam Thielen, Minnesota State wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings.
Signed by the Vikings after a post-draft rookie tryout camp, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Thielen was given a chance to not only suit up for the team he rooted for as a kid but take part in training camp practices on the same fields he played on in college at Division II Minnesota State.
With Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright, four wide receiver spots are filled, but Thielen is in the mix for at least a place on the practice squad by impressing coaches with his route running and speed.
AP Sports Writers Brett Martel in Metairie, La., Dennis Waszak in Cortland, N.Y., and John Wawrow in Buffalo, N.Y., contributed to this report.
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