Vikings Try Out Massive Polish Offensive Tackle Babatunde Aiyegbusi


On Wednesday the Minnesota Vikings tried out an offensive tackle even the most thorough of personnel wonks probably don’t know a lot about.

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I’ve certainly never heard of Babatunde Aiyegbusi and I’m guessing you haven’t either. This week, the Vikings acquainted themselves with the massive and physically gifted tackle from Warsaw, Poland.

And when I say massive I mean massive: 6-foot-8, 351 pounds. Despite his huge size Aiyebgbusi is incredibly athletic as demonstrated by his 26 1/2-inch vertical jump and 5.28 40-yard dash at University of Texas-San Antonio pro day on Monday. has an extensive write-up about Aiyegbusi’s journey to get from Poland to the US to try out for American teams. The 27-year-old has played professional football in Poland for years and was once on the radar of Texas Tech coaches.

Video probably does the best job of conveying Aiyegbusi’s physical gifts. Though in all honesty, a video like this is probably deceiving. He looks especially huge and powerful compared to other European players but would not have nearly the same physical advantage in the NFL. And one scout who saw him at Texas-San Antonio pro day reportedly called him “big and stiff.”

Aiyegbusi has exhausted all his college eligibility after playing professionally in Poland and could be signed immediately by the Vikings. Look out Matt Kalil? That might be taking it a step too far, but you have to admit the guy is intriguing.

Update: The Vikings obviously liked what they saw.

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