EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer recalls being approached by his team's scouts in advance of last spring's NFL draft with tapes of a little-known kicker from Missouri Western.
As soon as Priefer watched the tape, he knew he had to watch Greg Zuerlein in person, to "see if he's for real." Priefer traveled to Missouri Western, where the Kansas City Chiefs hold their annual training camp, and worked out Zuerlein. Due to the wind that day, Priefer decided an indoor workout would be best for evaluation, but he wasn't expecting what happened next.
"We went indoors, and I couldn't do a kickoff evaluation on him because he kept hitting the ceiling, and the ceiling was as high as (the one at the Vikings' Winter Park facilities)," Priefer said. "I'm like, Uh, this guy's for real.' "
Priefer came away impressed, as he was with Georgia's Blair Walsh in another on-campus workout. Zuerlein never made it to the Vikings the St. Louis Rams made him the s...