The Kenny Willekes story just keeps getting better – ZellaNews


In the seventh spherical of the 2020 NFL draft, the Vikings took an attractive edge-dashing prospect.

Minnesota drafted Kenny Willekes, a Michigan State product with 16 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks for the Spartans in 2019.

Willekes’ rookie yr within the NFL was derailed by a season-ending harm. With an opportunity to show himself in 2021, the second-yr defensive finish has delivered.

Willekes confirmed promise within the preseason this yr. He ended up getting waived, however the Vikings signed him to the follow squad for 2021. Then, the Vikings took a success to their defensive finish depth: Danielle Hunter went down with a pec harm.

Willekes has stepped up with Hunter out. He had one hurry in 16 snaps in opposition to the Cowboys. He had two hurries in 41 snaps in opposition to the Ravens. He’s made his presence felt within the cross rush at occasions, regardless of being a follow squad participant.

On Monday, the Vikings rewarded Willekes for his efforts. The group promoted him to the energetic roster as a COVID-19 substitute. So Willekes doesn’t have his everlasting transfer to the 53-man group just but, however this can be a step in the fitting path.

Vikings co-defensive coordinator stated of Willekes:

“He did the issues within the sport that I informed you guys I’ve been seeing in follow,” Patterson stated. “He performed at a distinct tempo than just about all people else on the sphere. I don’t understand how you couldn’t not discover him. It’s too dangerous his one sack bought taken away on the penalty.”

With Hunter out for the yr, Willekes could have loads of extra alternatives to get sacks. He may very well be a full-time roster spot down the highway.