Terrill Hanks – LB (New Mexico State)
One of the biggest question marks heading into the Vikings’ offseason is Anthony Barr’s future. As of right now, it seems like it would be a surprise if the play-making linebacker were to return.
Not that Minnesota doesn’t want him back, but the amount of money he could command from other teams may end up being too tough for the Vikings to match. If Barr does in fact does leave Minnesota this year, he will be leaving a large hole for the team to fill at outside linebacker.
Hanks has been wreaking havoc at New Mexico State for the past four years. During his college career, he racked up 391 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and eight interceptions. Hanks’ athleticism won’t be on the same level as Barr’s, but the 2019 prospect is just the type of linebacker that gets things done.
Hanks could potentially come in on day one and battle Vikings linebackers Eric Wilson and Devante Downs for playing time next season. But realistically, he is a guy that will likely need to get his feet wet on special teams and earn his way into Minnesota’s defensive rotation.
So while he may not be a “project” type of player, to think he could come in and contribute for the Vikings on day one might be a little too aggressive.
Even if Minnesota was able to re-sign Barr this offseason, linebacker could still be a mid-round need for the team in 2019 as the position group is currently lacking in depth.
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