Eric Wilson – LB
When talking about the Vikings’ linebackers, much of the talk has been about the rookie Troy Dye. He is an exciting young player with great size and speed. He’s full of energy and will likely become a starter sooner than later. As great a pick as he was in the fourth round, the talk around him needs to quiet down, and the conversation needs to pick up about what kind of season Eric Wilson could have this year.
Wilson will become a full-time starter this year. While he did start six games a season ago, he’s never started from day one. Last year in six starts and playing sparingly in the rest of the contests, Wilson had a career season. He finished with 62 combined tackles with six tackles for a loss. He also had 3 sacks and a fumble recovery.
Wilson is one of those players who make things happen on the field with his aggressive, attacking style. If he starts all 16 games, he’ll see a huge jump in his production. It’s not out of the question that Wilson could have close to 100 tackles with at least a half a dozen sacks.
One of the reasons the Vikings took Dye in the fourth round, was that they had to realize Wilson could have a huge year in 2020, and they wouldn’t be able to afford to resign him. The Vikings new weakside linebacker is sitting on a career season, and surprisingly there has been little talk about it in the media.