August 5, 2021

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2021 NFL Draft Prospects for Vikings: Edge Rushers

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2021 NFL Draft Prospects for Vikings: Edge Rushers

2020 stats: 11 games; 52 tackles (29 solo),7.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 1 pass defensed, 1 forced fumble

Tulane Pro Day results: Sample was clocked at 4.83 seconds in the 40-yard dash. His vertical was 37 inches, and his broad jump was 9 feet, 8 inches. He benched 225 pounds 23 times.

The ideal spot?: Perhaps better suited as a defensive end in a 3-4 than in a 4-3, Sample has shown pass-rush potential that an NFL team might incorporate from the interior of a 4-3 defense instead of from the edge. draft analyst Lance Zierlein took note of the way Sample played multiple edge positions in both odd and even fronts while at Tulane but added, “most scouts believe he has the power and frame to make the transition to defensive tackle.” If 4-3 defensive tackle is in Sample’s future, he will likely be asked to gain weight.

Even though Bercich views Sample as making more of an impact from the interior, we included him with this grouping instead of the defensive tackles.

Bercich’s breakdown: “Size may have something to do with [him being underrated]. But nowadays, you sit down on YouTube and watch the Senior Bowl 1-on-1s, you’re watching it and, ‘Oh, that was a nice play.’ You’re like, ‘What’s that on his helmet? Where is that kid from?’ You start doing some research on him, and as that interior pass rushing defensive lineman, I think this kid is very dynamic. He’s very quick, [has] great pad level, power, leverage, all of these things that can be hard to teach. He carries them naturally, so whatever is keeping him off the top of the big board, whether it’s size or whatever else that may be, you watch the film, and it translates. You need to get a guy like him into camp, get him working. I think he’s going to be a good football player.”