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Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) celebrates a sack during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Top 25 Vikings of 2014: No. 8 DE Brian Robison

Continuing the countdown with #8…

DE Brian Robison

Brian Robison is the definition of steady. The defensive end has been a fixture on Minnesota’s starting defensive line since 2011, and in 2013 he had arguably his best season holding down the left end position.

Robison has never had a huge sack season but sack numbers have never told the story for him. A look at his deeper pass rush stats – QB pressures, bat downs – shows that he is among the better edge rushers in the NFL despite the lack of gaudy sack totals.

Those sack totals don’t figure to rise this year with Mike Zimmer installing a system that places stout run defense over stat-padding up-the-field pass rushing. But again, the sack totals aren’t what matter. Whatever role Robison is called upon to play in Zimmer’s defense, you know he will fill it ably.

Robison will continue to be a solid, steady player under Mike Zimmer. He’ll make occasional big plays. He’ll be a leader on the field and in the locker room. He will be overlooked at the end of the season when people compile their lists of the best defensive players.

That’s life when you are a steady, dependable, solid, unflashy lunch pail defensive stalwart like Brian Robison.

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