Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth, Minn. native and former University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) offensive lineman Garth Heikkinen had three days to impress at the Minnesota Vikings rookie camp, and now he is busy waiting on his professional future.
Heikkinen left the camp without a free agent contract, and he is now waiting to see if the Vikings, or another NFL team, contact him this summer with an opportunity to play.
After getting a chance to play against other rookies, including Minnesota's 2013 draft picks, Heikkinen used the word "surreal" to describe his experience.
"You do something wrong or there's a flaw in your technique, it's going to be exposed," Heikkinen said. "I was doing one-on-ones against Sharrif Floyd all weekend. He's a heck of a player, and you can see why he was a first-round draft pick and in the top five on a lot of teams' boards going into that draft weekend."
Heikkinen set a new UMD record by starting 54 consecutive games during his four-year collegiate career, and he also owns a school-record 11 All-American awards.