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Alex Kube estimated there were 30 media members at this past weekend’s Minnesota Vikings rookie minicamp.
The former Northern Illinois linebacker added that there were numerous cameras, not to mention members of the front office and all the Vikings coaches. In Kube’s words, there were “eyes everywhere.”
After not being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft and having no luck as a free agent after the NFL lockout, Kube finally was able to hook on with an NFL team when he was invited to Minnesota’s rookie minicamp, which took place Friday-Sunday in Eden Prairie, Minn.
For Kube, running out on to that practice field, even if it was without pads and despite the fact that he hadn’t even signed a contract, was a great experience.
“It was probably one of the most memorable experiences of my life,” Kube told the Daily Chronicle in a phone interview. “I’ll tell you that right now.”
In Eden Prairie, Kube took part in special teams, footwork and defensive back drills, as well as 7-on-7s. He said he thought he looked good athletically, and that the Vikings liked him a lot.
During the final two practices, Kube said he got more reps than any of the other safeties present.
“I got a lot of reps and I got a lot of attention from the coaches and GM (Rick Spielman),” he said. “I made a good impression on them.”
All Kube could control was going out and showing the Vikings he can play, and that he was able to handle the transition from linebacker to safety.
Now, all the Cary native can do is play the waiting game and see where his destination will be. That could be with Minnesota, or another NFL team.
Kube’s agent, David Lehtman, said that other teams are interested in his client but wouldn’t give a number. He said that organizations in both the AFC and NFC were interested.
Another option could be the Canadian Football League. Lehtman said he has had conversations with the Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, Montreal Allouettes and Toronto Argonauts in recent days.
“I think the CFL would be a great option for him if he got an opportunity,” Lehtman said. “It’s a great league and it’s a legitimate league.”
One thing Kube doesn’t want to do is sit out another season, something he wouldn’t have to worry about as much in Canada.
In April, the NFL increased teams’ offseason roster limit from 80 to 90 players. Kube doesn’t want to end up in a situation where he’s a long shot to make an NFL team, and ends up being cut a week before the season starts, with the possibility of being completely out of luck – like he was in 2011.
Kube said CFL teams start having players take physicals at the end of the month. Preseason games begin June 13. He’s confident that he can compete on a football field, no matter what side of the U.S.-Canada border it’s on.
“I’m not going to risk sitting out again,” Kube said. “I know that I can play. I need to play.”