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By coming back for sixth year, Vraa getting his NFL chance

By coming back for sixth year, Vraa getting his NFL chance

It was just one day after the Bison won the 2014 FCS national title when Zach Vraa was in the NDSU team meeting room talking to reporters on why he made the decision to exercise his medical hardship and return for another year. It was the subject of questions throughout that season: are you going to come back? Vraa was consistent to his word saying he was going to wait until after the season to make that call.

Vraa was injured late in the season, a bad hamstring was the main culprit, and never did finish with the kind of gusto a senior would want. Moreover, it was the kind of finish that probably wouldn’t have gotten Vraa an NFL look, and it also would have been questionable if Vraa would have been healthy enough to go through a Bison Pro Day in March. With Carson Wentz coming back for his senior season and seeing former Bison tight end Kevin Vaadeland have an enjoyable sixth year of college, in the end, it was probably an easier decision than first reported.

Vraa participated in the Minnesota Vikings minicamp last weekend and now he’s on hold to see if the team will invite him back. At least he’s on hold. By coming back for his sixth year of school, the all-time leading receiver in NDSU history got his chance at his NFL dream. It didn’t hurt that he was one of the receivers for Wentz’s Bison Pro Day in March, a workout that was televised by ESPN and The NFL Network.

“If I get a phone call I could be brought in for a couple of months or a couple of days,” Vraa told The Forum news service’s Matt Steichen. “It all depends on what they need at the time and what they’re looking for. They said you could hear back within the week or a few weeks. There could always be a late addition if there’s an injury or someone isn’t producing. It’ll be a waiting game to see if they need me. Growing up in Minnesota of course I’ve been a Vikings fan and have been watching since I can remember. To have a chance to go out there meant a lot to me. Having a successful college career and having them notice is a really cool deal for me. Hopefully they see something in me and give me a chance and sign me to something bigger.”

Vraa has the NFL size at 6-2. He has NFL hands. The question mark is speed, but that’s not always the sole trait teams are looking for in a receiver these days.

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