5. Ifeadi Odenigbo – DL
Odenigbo was a seventh-round pick of the Vikings in 2017. He has had a strange trip since then. He was part of the Vikings practice squad, then the Cleveland Browns active roster for a brief period of time, and then he had a short stint with the Arizona Cardinals. That whirlwind ended with him back in Minnesota where he had a breakout season in 2019.
Odenigbo was a beast for the Minnesota Vikings this season. He not only impressed with his seven sacks, but he made huge plays at key times in games.
He had a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers which swung the momentum and really the game in the Vikings favor. He also had some big plays against the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs that helped the Vikings get that upset victory.
Odenigbo’s career stats aren’t as good as some of the others on this list but he makes it because of what he could become. The Vikings have a tough decision to make this offseason. Are they going to let an all-time great, but aging Everson Griffen leave in free agency in order to sign the youngster with the extremely high ceiling?
Ideally, it would be great to see them be able to bring back both. Their roles could just be flipped. Odenigbo could be the starter with Griffen used on a rotational basis. If the Vikings do have to choose one, taking the younger one makes the most sense.
Whatever happens with Odenigbo’s future won’t change the fact he was an excellent seventh-round choice by Vikings’ general manager Rick Spielman.