The Vikings didn’t need to search far to execute their second 5th round pick on Saturday as they drafted former Gophers inside LB Nathan Triplett with the draft’s 167th overall pick.
Triplett has good size for an NFL LB at 6-3, 250 pounds, and he was a very productive player for the Gophers in 2009. The 2009 season was his only as a starter though, so some might be concerned about his lack of experience coming out of college.
Here is the NFL.com analysis of Triplett: “Triplett is a big, strong inside linebacker who started for only one season in college. He was very productive in 2009, but his athleticism and lack of experience is a concern at the next level. He is best between the tackles attacking the line of scrimmage. He doesn’t have great quickness, speed or range inside-out to the ball. Triplett is inconsistent leveraging the ball in space, and the further away from the line of scrimmage he is, the less effective he becomes. He is an effective inside run blitzer, providing power to push the pocket, but he is a liability as a man-coverage defender. Triplett was a good college football player in 2009, but athletic limitations might relegate him to a backup roll in the NFL.”
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