5 early 2022 prospects for the Minnesota Vikings to watch

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Kingsley Enagbare – EDGE (South Carolina)


  • Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 270 pounds

2020 Stats:

  • 30 tackles
  • 6 sacks
  • 2 forced fumbles

The Vikings have tried to find edge rushers late in the draft that can compliment Danielle Hunter, but that plan has not proven itself quite yet. If the team’s 2021 rookies do not step up and show enough as pass rushers, Minnesota could be in the market for an early-round defensive end prospect next year.

The 2021 draft class did not have a ton of talent on the edge, but 2022 should be much more fruitful. One name to really watch this season is Kingsley Enagbare, a massive mover off the edge with a lot of upside.

His combination of long arms and a nasty bull rush make him a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Enagbare has improved in each of his three seasons up to this point and one should expect much of the same this time around. With Kayvon Thibodeaux expected to be the top edge rusher in the 2022 class, some team is going to land Enagbare a little later and be happy with the results.

He is a feisty power rusher with enough speed and dip to be an absolute menace once he reaches his ceiling. Andre Patterson, as we all know, is the type of coach that can help him reach those expectations.

There is a lot of edge talent in 2022 as of right now and although Enagbare is not a guarantee to go in the first round, he should be able to lock himself into that conversation after his season wraps up.

Enagbare fills a hole a key position for the Vikings. If he is on the roster in 2022, the defense will only get better.