4 bold predictions for the Vikings 2021 rookie class

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Twyman will be the steal of the draft class

Jaylen Twyman landing with the Vikings in the 2021 NFL Draft was a bit of a pleasant surprise. Many figured he would probably be off the board by the time Minnesota actually drafted him in the sixth round, so his selection is one that comes with some good value.

Twyman opted out of his 2020 season at Pitt to help take care of his family. But in 2019, he performed like someone who had the potential to be an early-round draft pick.

Recency bias and some underwhelming testing numbers at his Pro Day this year resulted in Trywman falling to the sixth round. But it won’t take long for the Vikings to be thanking the rest of the NFL for not grabbing this guy before they were able to pick him up.

Twyman won’t be grabbing a job in the starting lineup for Minnesota next season, but he will have a significant role on the team’s defense. The Vikings will utilize him as a situational pass rusher and he will end his rookie year with at least six sacks.

Had Twyman suited up for Pitt in 2020, he likely doesn’t last in the draft until the sixth round. But he didn’t and now Minnesota gets to take advantage of him proving his doubters wrong for the rest of his career in the NFL.