Month: April 2020

What the Minnesota Vikings can expect from Troy Dye this year

With the 132nd overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings picked up Oregon linebacker, Troy Dye. He is an experienced play-maker on the defensive side and can be a situational player in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Vikings has done a great job of pointing positions of need very early in the 2020 NFL Draft. This helped them to take more of a great pick as they added Oregon’s linebacker Troy Dye in the fourth round. Dye takes part in a crowded group of young Minnesota Vikings linebackers who will compete together for playing time on defense and special teams.

Minnesota Vikings has a lot of young hopefuls already in their linebacker space. Players such as Eric Wilson and Ben Gedeon are likely on their last opportunity to stick around. Meanwhile, DeMarquis Gates, Cameron Smith, and Troy Dye will be competing for early playing time.

Dye comes to the Minnesota Vikings with a variety of starting experience under his belt. During four years at Oregon, Dye appeared in 48 matches and recorded 391 tackles. Dye has shown that he can make plays against both the pass and run, and bring some versatility to his game.

The newest defender of Minnesota Vikings projects as a situational linebacker who can support in coverage from the jump. He is sound in coverage as well as has a ton of length in his favor when he stands at 6-foot-3. If new Minnesota Vikings senior defensive assistant Dom Capers plans to play Anthony Barr as an edge rusher a little more often, Dye can have the change to take his spot in coverage.

The fourth round of the 2020 NFL was a solid value for Dye in this draft class. What will he be able to bring to the table for the new-look Minnesota defense?