The Smartest Pick the Vikings Made in 2020 NFL Draft

Troy Dye

Rookie linebacker Troy Dye plays for the University of Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game. | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings were guaranteed to have at least a few great selections during the 2020 NFL Draft since they came into it with an absurd 15 picks on the board. There are several promising rookies who will be wearing purple and gold this season, but linebacker Troy Dye was the Vikings’ smartest get.

Dye posted excellent numbers during his time with the Oregon Ducks. He ended his college career with 391 total tackles and helped the Ducks to a Rose Bowl victory last season. He also proved that he’s tough as nails when he played through a broken thumb and a torn meniscus, so he has even more potential if he can stay healthy.

Dye was definitely a steal for the Vikings in the fourth round. He only fell so far because his Combine and Pro Day workouts were limited by injuries. His versatility will make him an excellent NFL linebacker, especially within the Vikings’ scheme.

The rookie will also have the opportunity to learn from two of the best linebackers in the game: Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr. Playing alongside those two will only help his progression as a player.

The Vikings have a stacked rookie class, and Dye will become one of the biggest names to watch in the coming seasons.

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