The Vikings waited it out and stayed put in the fourth round earlier today, with the fans of the Minnesota Vikings eagerly watching Andrew Billings continue his slide. Billings was selected one pick later by the Bengals, however, and looking at our Willie Beavers draft grade poll I have to believe some of our fan base was feeling a little miffed at the selection.
At 160th overall the Vikings again ignored some fan favorite options still available to them and selected Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers.
Brothers is a bit undersized at 6′ 0″ and 245 pounds and also won’t blow anyone away with his athleticism. Instead, he projects to move outside to a weakside linebacker spot where he can use his instinctual knack to diagnose an offense, make plays in the backfield, and help defend passing lanes.
He could also act as a valuable backup option to Anthony Barr on the strong side, while contributing greatly on special teams.
(Update: Vikings say they view him as a middle linebacker. Color me surprised.)
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