Senior Bowl Takeaway No. 5
There are plenty of athletic linebackers
Linebacker is a need for the Vikings, and it would not be surprising to see them go get one or two this offseason to play alongside Ivan Pace Jr. Similar to Pace's big week at the Senior Bowl last year, there were a handful of standout players this time around.
Trevin Wallace, out of Kentucky, flashed a ton of athleticism and coverage ability, which was massive for his draft stock. He is a very sound run defender and tackler, but he was not much of a coverage linebacker at Kentucky.
Miami's James Williams took reps at linebacker throughout the week despite playing at safety for the Hurricanes. As he packs on some weight to transition to the next level, he showed effortless movement and could be a developmental pick with upside in April.
Cedric Gray was a big name heading into the season and had a nice week at the Senior Bowl. The North Carolina product could be one of the first linebackers off the board, which would be somewhere on Day 2.
Georgia State's Jontrey Hunter and Mississippi State's Nathaniel Watson both had some big moments in practice as well and could be value selections later in the draft.
Linebacker is not a premium position anymore, but the Vikings have always done work in the draft to add depth to the second level of the defense. This year should be no different.