Saturday, June 24, 2017

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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.

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Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings were very busy in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday.

Immediately after trading back with the Miami Dolphins, Spielman then moved forwards with a deal struck with the Philadelphia Eagles. Spielman gave up the 240th overall selection to move up 8 slots (from 196 to 188) and select a tight end.

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On Day Three of the 2016 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings have added offensive lineman Willie Beavers, linebacker Kentrell Brothers, and wide out Moritz Boehringer. They also added two picks to their 2017 arsenal on Friday by trading out of the third round.

On Saturday, Spielman once again made a trade, this time with his 186th overall selection. He traded, once again, with his former team the Miami Dolphins. In fact, the pick that Spielman traded to Miami was the sixth rounder he acquired from them just yesterday.

So, what did the Vikings get in return?

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linebacker Kentrell Brothers out of Missouri.
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Sometimes, size and speed aren’t everything. At least, not for the Minnesota Vikings in the 2016 NFL Draft. General manager Rick Spielman took a defender with the team’s fifth-round pick, selecting linebacker Kentrell Brothers out of Missouri.

The 2015 All-SEC First Team honoree led the nation in tackling (152) last year and was the Tigers’ Team MVP. Jamaal Stephenson, the Vikings’ Director of College Scouting, spoke briefly about Brothers following the selection.

“It’s not hard to like him when you turn on the tape. He makes a lot of plays, he had over 150 tackles this year.”

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The Minnesota Vikings have been busier today than the previous two days of the Draft, but that is to be expected. You can assign a Kentrell Brothers draft grade by clicking here, in case you missed it.

So far the picks have been: WR Laquon Treadwell, CB Mackensire Alexander, OL Willie Beavers, and linebacker Kentrell Brothers.

The Vikings first selection of the sixth round came in the form of a well-known German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer who VT highlighted as a real possibility earlier this month.

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