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5 Things to Know About New Vikings DE Stephen Weatherly

The Vikings drafted selected end Stephen Weatherly 227th overall in the NFL Draft Saturday.

Weatherly became a full-time starter as a redshirt junior in 2015 and played outside linebacker in Vanderbilt's 3-4 defense. He recorded 46 tackles (29 solo), 3.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, three passes broken up, nine quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles over 12 games.

Here are five things to know about the Vikings newest addition on defense:

1. Student athlete

Weatherly was just as much as student as he was a football player. His middle name, Dian, is a tribute to his grandmother, who received degrees from both Harvard and MIT. Weatherly was part of his high school's robotics club and has an affinity for math and chess.

2. On a musical note

Not only does Weatherly excel at academics and athletics, but he's musically inclined, as well. In fact, Weatherly has such a passion for music that he's learned to play nine instruments: flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, tenor sax, steel drums and piano.

View images of Vikings 227th overall selection Vanderbilt LB Stephen Weatherly.

3. Versatility on defense

Although Weatherly played linebacker his junior year, he's more of a true defensive end. Vanderbilt's coaching staff changed during Weatherly's time on the roster, providing him time at two positions that could provide versatility for Minnesota's defense.

Weatherly played a 4-3 defensive end under former Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin during his 2013 freshman campaign but switched to a 3-4 outside linebacker under Head Coach Derek Mason for his final two seasons.

4. Joins notable alumni

Weatherly will be the second graduate of Shiloh High School in Snellville, Georgia, to reach the NFL. Shiloh High School alum David Pollack was drafted 17th overall by the Bengals in 2005.

5. International experience

Weatherly was part of the Fulton County Youth Commission, which was designed to address youth issues in the community by using the leaders of the youth to work in policy making and community service. Weatherly traveled through Germany with the program in high school.

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