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3. Ifeadi Odenigbo – DE

The upcoming season promises to be a big one for Ifeadi Odenigbo. He is set to fill the void left by veteran defensive end Everson Griffen in 2020 and it is an opportunity that could see the young pass rusher’s game reach a completely different level.

Odenigbo already looks to be another draft steal by the Vikings. The former Northwestern star was taken in the seventh round by Minnesota in 2017, but he failed to make any sort of real impact for the team during his first two seasons with the team.

During Odenigbo’s 2019 campaign, however, he was on the field for 31.1 percent of the Vikings’ defensive snaps. It’s safe to say he made the most out of his time on the field.

Odenigbo got into the opposing backfield consistently on his way to seven sacks, seven tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hits, and 18 solo tackles. His physical attributes came to the fore in no uncertain terms and this experience is something that bodes well for his prospects with the organization.

Expectations are relatively high regarding Odenigbo’s potential for Minnesota opposite stud pass-rusher Danielle Hunter in 2020. Those who are still unaware of his ability could find out quickly what the player brings to the table during the upcoming season. And although more will be needed on an every-down basis, there is nothing to suggest Odenigbo is not more than ready for such a responsibility.