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5 Things to Know About New Vikings DE Ifeadi Odenigbo

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings picked up another piece for their defensive line when they added Ifeadi Odenigbo in the seventh round (220th overall) on Saturday.

The former Northwestern standout attended the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, where he tied for the second-best broad jump among defensive linemen at 10 feet, 8 inches.

Here are five things to know about the Vikings new defensive end:

1. Sacks, sacks, sacks

Odenigbo finished his career with 23.5 sacks, which ranks second in Wildcats history. Only Casey Dailey had more with 28 career sacks.

2. Decorated career

Odenigbo was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection by the conference's coaches and was a Second-Team selection by the media in 2016.

He played in 49 career games, recording 61 total tackles (41 solo) with 26.5 tackles for loss.

3. Draft day memories

Odenigbo gave up watching the draft during the sixth round and chose to drive from Northwestern's campus in Evanston to Chicago, which is roughly 15 miles away.

The Vikings called Odenigbo while he was in the car with his friends, as the college student later celebrated at a Chicago-area restaurant with a steak.

4. Late bloomer

Odenigbo didn't play football until his sophomore year at Centerville High School in Dayton. He recorded 140 total tackles and 19 sacks during his junior and senior year.

He attended the same high school as former Bengals kicker Mike Nugent, former Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk and ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

View images of Northwestern DE Ifeadi Odenigbo.

5. Nigerian roots

Odenigbo was the first member of family born in the United States and his parents, Linda and Thomas, are Nigerian immigrants.

Odenigbo's full name is Ifeadikachakwu Anthony Odenigbo.

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