4 Vikings that could benefit from the Brian Flores hiring the most in 2023

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Brian Asamoah – LB

After Brian Flores was unceremoniously removed by the Miami Dolphins, the subsequent class-action lawsuit against the league left his career prospects hanging in the balance. While most looked the other way, Mike Tomlin was quick to keep him involved by appointing him as linebackers coach and senior defensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This kept Flores’ foot in the door. He also drew widespread praise from players thanks to his approach and ability to nurture their talents effectively – something he was unfairly criticized for when Dolphins head coach.

If the same trend continues with the Vikings, then Brian Asamoah could be in line to benefit more than most. The former third-round selection spent a little time on the defensive rotation as a rookie, but production overall was primarily restricted to special teams during his initial transition.

With the futures of Eric Kendricks and Jordan Hicks under the microscope, an opportunity could knock for Asamoah in 2023. And if anyone can unlock his potential, it’s Flores.

Those in power thought enough of Asamoah to make him their No. 66 overall selection last spring. His time at Oklahoma was prolific, with the player emerging as a sideline-to-sideline presence capable of wreaking havoc in all phases.

While it’s a lot tougher at the next level, Asamoah still has a high upside. It’s up to Flores and his staff to help him reach or exceed his goals.