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2023 NFL Draft Prospects for Vikings: Inside Linebacker 

In the leadup to the 2023 NFL Draft, is taking a look at prospects who have garnered a range of attention from national outlets. The series will include rankings by those national outlets, stats and background information for multiple prospects.

Vikings status at inside linebacker

The Vikings currently have the following inside linebackers on their roster: Jordan Hicks, Brian Asamoah II, Troy Dye, William Kwenkeu and recent free agent addition Troy Reeder.

Reeder signed with Minnesota last month, reuniting with former high school teammate Brian O'Neill. He started his NFL career in 2019, when he signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent. Reeder joined the Chargers for the 2022 season and played in all 17 games, contributing mainly on special teams.

The Vikings parted ways with 2015 second-round draft pick Eric Kendricks, who has since signed with the Chargers.

Hicks, a free agency addition in 2021, is returning for a second season in Purple. He started every game for the Vikings last season, totaling 129 tackles (86 solo), 3.0 sacks, 10 passes defensed and a forced fumble. He also notched his fifth career interception, picking off Jalen Hurts in Week 2.

Minnesota's inside linebackers were key contributors in creating turnovers in 2022. Hicks and Asamoah each forced a fumble, while Kendricks and Asamoah had a recovery apiece.

Dye, who is entering his fourth season, recovered a fumble on special teams.

Asamoah and Kwenkeu both had nice moments as rookies last season.

Expert rankings's Daniel Jeremiah currently has just two inside linebackers in his overall Top 50: 43. Trenton Simpson and 49. Jack Campbell.

ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., did not include an inside linebacker in his overall Top 25.

Rankings for inside linebackers by Jeremiah, his NFL Media counterpart Bucky Brooks, Kiper, analytics site Pro Football Focus and The Athletic's Dane Brugler are listed below.


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Note: Heights and weights are from each player's profile on (linked for each player's name).

LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson
LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson

School: Clemson | Year: Junior | Ht: 6-foot-2 | Wt: 235 pounds

Experts' Position Rankings

Daniel Jeremiah: LB1

Bucky Brooks: LB3

Mel Kiper, Jr.: LB1

Pro Football Focus: LB4

Dane Brugler: LB2

2022 stats: 12 games; 72 tackles (41 solo), 2.5 sacks, 4.0 TFL, 2 FF, 3 passes defensed

Son of a Major: Simpson is the son of Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy D. Simpson, who served 17 overseas tours from 1994-21 in his decorated career with the U.S. Army Rangers.

LB Drew Sanders, Arkansas
LB Drew Sanders, Arkansas

School: Arkansas | Year: Junior | Ht: 6-foot-4 | Wt: 235 pounds

Experts' Position Rankings

Daniel Jeremiah: Not ranked in overall Top 50

Bucky Brooks: LB1

Mel Kiper, Jr.: LB2

Pro Football Focus: LB2

Dane Brugler: LB1

2022 stats: 12 games; 103 tackles (40 solo), 1 INT, 9.5 sacks, 13.5 TFL, 3 FF, 1 FR, 5 passes defensed

Impressed in prep football: Sanders was a 5-star prospect, top-15 overall recruit, No. 1 player from Texas and top-ranked athlete in the country coming out of Ryan High School.

LB Jack Campbell, Iowa
LB Jack Campbell, Iowa

School: Iowa | Year: Senior | Ht: 6-foot-5 | Wt: 249 pounds

Experts' Position Rankings

Daniel Jeremiah: LB2

Bucky Brooks: LB4

Mel Kiper, Jr.: LB3

Pro Football Focus: LB1

Dane Brugler: LB4

2022 stats: 13 games; 128 tackles (60 solo), 2 INT, 1.0 sack, 5.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 pass defensed

From court to the field: A day after Campbell's Cedar Falls High School football team fell in the state championship in his senior season, he was at basketball practice. Campbell helped his hoops squad defend its state title and could have played Division I college basketball but opted for the gridiron.

LB Henry To'oTo'o, Alabama
LB Henry To'oTo'o, Alabama

School: Alabama (after Tennessee) | Year: Senior | Ht: 6-foot-1 | Wt: 227 pounds

Experts' Position Rankings

Daniel Jeremiah: Not ranked in overall Top 50

Bucky Brooks: LB5

Mel Kiper, Jr.: LB5

Pro Football Focus: LB8

Dane Brugler: LB3

2022 stats: 13 games; 93 tackles (44 solo), 2.5 sacks, 8.0 TFL

South Pacific heritage: To'oTo'o's full name is Henry Moses Ito Iese To'oTo'o (TOE-oh TOE-oh). He is half-Samoan, half-Tongan and has seven siblings.

LB DeMarvion Overshown, Texas
LB DeMarvion Overshown, Texas

School: Texas | Year: Senior | Ht: 6-foot-3 | Wt: 229 pounds

Experts' Position Rankings

Daniel Jeremiah: Not ranked in overall Top 50

Bucky Brooks: Not ranked in top five LB

Mel Kiper, Jr.: LB7

Pro Football Focus: LB5

Dane Brugler: LB6

2022 stats: 12 games; 96 tackles (49 solo), 4.0 sacks, 10 TFL, 5 passes defensed

Proud papa: Overshown welcomed his son, DeMarvion Germanic Lee Overshown, Jr., on Sept. 13, 2022.

LB Daiyan Henley, Washington State
LB Daiyan Henley, Washington State

School: Washington State (after Nevada) | Year: Redshirt Sr. | Ht: 6-foot-1 | Wt: 225 pounds

Experts' Position Rankings

Daniel Jeremiah: Not ranked in overall Top 50

Bucky Brooks: Not ranked in top five LB

Mel Kiper, Jr.: LB4

Pro Football Focus: LB3

Dane Brugler: LB10

2022 stats: 12 games; 106 tackles (54 solo), 1 INT, 4.0 sacks, 12 TFL, 3 FF, 2 FR, 1 pass defensed

Transfer product: Henley played for Nevada from 2017-21 before forgoing Nevada's 2021 bowl game and transferring to Washington State, where he started every game of the season for the first time in his collegiate career.