Vikings Draft 2024: Minnesota waits until Day 2 to pick a QB in 7-round mock

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr.
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Sixth-Round Pick No. 2 (189th overall)

Trevin Wallace - LB (Kentucky)

Depth continues to be a theme as the Vikings spend their final selection of the draft on a linebacker with upside.

Kentucky's Trevin Wallace looks to improve his stock at the Senior Bowl where he will have a chance to wow NFL staffs in practice.

Wallace is leaving early for the NFL after a strong 2023 season that included 80 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble.

He thrives as a run defender and does a pretty good job of diagnosing plays near the line of scrimmage and disrupting the rhythm of the offense.

A lot of his big plays from this past season resemble what Ivan Pace Jr. did at Cincinnati and what made him an exciting prospect despite going undrafted.

I could absolutely see a scenario in which the Vikings look for a player like Wallace to be the backup to Pace who can fill a similar role.

Wallace will make his money as a gap-shooting run defender and blitzer that can play on common running downs and as a special teamer that wraps up in space.

Even if he spends most of his first season as a practice squad player or special teamer, there will be value in developing his skill set.

Again, this is not a flashy pick, and I would not expect Wallace to have the same sort of impact that Pace brought to the table in his first season.

However, his strengths are similar to Pace's, and he could be worth a shot this late in the draft.