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2020 NFL Draft Results: Minnesota Vikings select Troy Dye

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Three straight picks for the defense for Minnesota

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The Minnesota Vikings traded their way into three picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, and they spent all of them on the defensive side of the football, using the third one on the linebacker position.

With Pick #132 in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected linebacker Troy Dye from the University of Oregon.

Dye is a tall, rangy linebacker that had a very consistent career at Oregon, as you can see from his being named to the All Pac-12 Second Team for three consecutive years. He’s going to have to add size, but could start right away as a core special teams player.

Jordan Reid of The Draft Network has Dye ranked as the #10 linebacker and the #116 overall player on the Big Board in his Draft Guide. Here is his evaluation of Dye.

One of the most productive defensive players in program history, Dye had a memorable career in Eugene. Recording nearly 400 total tackles, he left his mark on the program. Injuries derailed his final season, but he saw lots of success prior to that point. Still needing to gain weight, his frame still has room for growth as well as his game. Projecting best as a late Day 2 or early Day 3 selection as a WILL linebacker, Dye has the makings of an early starter because of his nose for the ball.

Welcome to Minnesota, Troy Dye!