Ben Gedeon has gone from fourth-round pick to NFL starter in a four-month span.
The former Michigan linebacker will start for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night in his first career NFL game. The Vikings released their Week 1 depth chart Tuesday for their opener against the Saints (7:10 ET, ESPN) with Gedeon in the top spot at weak-side linebacker.
Quick look at Vikings Week 1 depth chart. 3 rookies in starting roles: Pat Elflein at center, Dalvin Cook at RB, Ben Gedeon at weakside LB pic.twitter.com/gBZas2QLcz
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) September 5, 2017
Gedeon was part of Michigan’s dominant 2016 defense, making 94 tackles (15 for a loss) and 4.5 sacks during his senior season. He was one of 11 Wolverines selected in the 2017 NFL Draft when he was picked 120th overall.
Gedeon stood out for the Vikings during training camp and the preseason. He had 12 tackles, eight of which were solo stops, in four preseason games to earn his way into the starting lineup. Gedeon will be one of three rookie starters for the Vikings, alongside running back Dalvin Cook and Gedeon’s college rival, former Ohio State center Pat Elflein.
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