The Vikings on Saturday drafted linebacker Ben Gedeon out of Michigan in the fourth round with the 120th overall pick.
Shortly thereafter, Head Coach Mike Zimmer told Twin Cities media members how obvious it became during the evaluation process that Gedeon loves to play football. Gedeon was a participant at the Senior Bowl (one of the game's 85 participants who were drafted this year) and quite the workout warrior at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Given the strength that Gedeon displayed at the combine, it was fitting that several strongmen in Iceland set up the announcement of the pick in a video appearance.
Heidar "Heisi" Geirmundsson (a professional ´Highland Games´ competitor), Thor Bjornsson ("The Mountain" on HBO's *Game of Thrones *and Europe's Strongest Man 2017), Stefan Solvi Petursson (a four-time "World's Strongest Man" competitor) and Ari Gunnarsson (a two-time "World's Strongest Man" competitor) appeared in the video moments before Gedeon was selected.
Here are five things to know about Gedeon:
1. Strong showing
Gedeon led all linebackers in the bench press at the combine, completing 27 reps of 225 pounds. He also was fluid in the 20-yard shuttle, clocking a time of 4.13 seconds that was tied with first-round pick T.J. Watt, and in the 60-yard shuttle with a time of 11.58 seconds that tied for third among linebackers.
2. Bragging rights
Gedeon grew up in a family in which he was pushed by two older brothers on and off the field. One, Alex, was a captain of the Harvard football team, and another, Sam, played sprint football and rugby at the U.S. Naval Academy.
He laughed during a conference call when asked about gaining bragging rights on his brothers by becoming the first in the family to be drafted. He also has a younger sister.
3. On the field
Gedeon played in 51 games and started 14 for the Wolverines, including all 13 in 2016. He totaled 176 tackles (80 solo), 21 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and two pass breakups and contributed significantly on special teams. Gedeon recorded a career-best 14 tackles against Colorado in 2016. He garnered All-Big Ten Second Team by media and Third Team by coaches in 2016.
4. In the classroom
Gedeon also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big Ten and University of Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement designation and completing his degree in economics.
View images of Vikings new LB Ben Gedeon from his days at Michigan.
5. A roommate and a draftmate
Gedeon roomed in college with Michigan tight end Jake Butt, who was drafted in the fifth round. Butt was good friends and high school teammates (Pickerington North in Ohio) with Vikings third-round draft pick Pat Elflein.
Gedeon attended Hudson High School in Ohio, but met Elflein through Butt when they were in college. Gedeon was a member of the U.S. Under-19 National Team and AP Division I All-Ohio First Team as a senior.