The Vikings run defense gets a big shot in the arm with this muscled up tackling machine. Brothers has elite instinct and awareness who can sift through trash easily shedding blocks in the trenches. He has great gap discipline and always takes proper pursuit angles to the ball carrier. Brothers displays smart pre-snap recognition skills with the ability to process action immediately. He is a thumper in the middle who can convert quickness to power upon impact as a tackler. His 274 tackles over the last two years is more than any other college football player.
Zimmer now has the option to move Eric Kendricks to weak side and use Brother in the middle of the base defense unit. Brothers projects as a two-down run defender who will probably not see action in the nickel package.
I love this pick. In Mike Zimmer’s final year in Cincinnati as defensive coordinator, the Bengals were ranked top-five against the run giving up only 96.5 yards per game. Zimmer is driven to improve the Vikings below average run defense, and Brothers is a hard hitting defender who could offer immediate help.