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2018 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings select Ade Aruna

Another defensive lineman for Mike Zimmer’s defense

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With their second sixth-round pick, and the final pick of the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have taken another defensive lineman.

With the 218th pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Ade Aruna, a defensive end from Tulane University.

Aruna, a native of Nigeria, originally came to the United States to attend high school and was a basketball player, but a coach at his high school convinced him to play football, and he wound up being a three-star recruit despite only playing for one season.

Lance Zierlein of has a Round 4-5 grade on Aruna, who tested very well at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

Aruna’s height, weight, length and athleticism are almost sure to get him targeted by teams looking to mine a diamond from his traits. He appears to be a ways away from becoming a factor on the pro level, but he did show interesting flashes as a 3-4 end this season. Aruna flashes as a rusher, but may not have the ability to get after the quarterback as often as teams would like from a traits-based prospect. Aruna is a developmental prospect, but after putting together a huge combine, he will be drafted early than where the tape would dictate.

With that, the Vikings have one pick remaining, and the final round of the 2018 NFL Draft is underway.

Welcome to Minnesota, Ade!


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