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Iowa linebacker Tyler Nielsen agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, according to agent Neil Cornrich.
Cornrich said he heard from 16 teams looking at Nielsen, but Minnesota provided the best fit for the Humboldt native.
"He fit well geographically, he fits well in the scheme they run," Cornrich said. "They're multi-front, primarily 4-3, which he's comfortable in. All in all, it should be a great fit."
Nielsen, a 6-foot-3 1/3, 238-pound outside linebacker, started 20 games in his Iowa career at both middle and outside linebacker. He was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection.He joins former Hawkeyes Christian Ballard, Chad Greenway and Allen Reisner on the Vikings' roster.
"He's got a bright future ahead of him in the NFL," Cornrich said.
Nielsen recorded 134 tackles, including 8.5 for loss, at Iowa. He said in February he was well-prepared for the NFL based on competing with and against talented players at Iowa. He touted former Iowa teammate and current Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki as the best player he competed against.
"I think he was a third-round pick, but he had a lot of injuries in college," Nielsen said. "If he was healthy, he definitely would have been a first-rounder. You saw that last year or the before last before he tore his knee up. He'd bring it every day in practice, and he was one of the most physical guys I ever went against, a great receiver as well as a tight end. Going against a guy like that really helps prepare me."