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Minnesota Vikings sophomore spotlight: B.J. Dubose

B.J. Dubose had a shot at the active roster this year, but an offseason injury ended his season before it began.

The Minnesota Vikings had 10 picks in the 2015 NFL draft. One year after their selection, it’s time to look back on their careers before joining the Vikings, their rookie seasons and a preview of what lies ahead of them during their sophomore seasons.

The Minnesota Vikings went back to the defensive side of the ball, for the first time since the third round, with their second pick of the sixth round in the 2015 NFL Draft, selecting Louisville defensive lineman B.J. Dubose. He was one of those players who did well in college, but didn’t really have a spot to play in the NFL. He lacked the necessary athleticism to make a living as a defensive end, and while the strength to line up as a defensive tackle was there, he lacked the necessary size to be an every-down player at that position.

Before the Vikings

Dubose was considered a three-star athlete coming out of high school and narrowed his list of colleges down to Louisville, Michigan and Miami. He ultimately decided on Louisville, where he would redshirt his freshman year in 2010. He saw his first action as a redshirt sophomore, but would bounce in and out of the starting lineup until his senior season. He ended up recording 94 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks over the course of his college career.

What analysts said

“Has the lower body of a defensive end, but lacks the talent and athleticism to make that his home. Has enough strength at the point of attack to be a 3-4 defensive end but it unlikely to be a plus play against the run or pass from that position.” - bottom line

“A versatile defender, Dubose didn’t become a full-time starter until his senior season after spending much of his first four seasons in Charlie Strong’s doghouse. He spent time inside and outside on the Cardinals’ defensive line, playing everywhere from the nose to the three-technique and outside rushing off the edge. Dubose is tough-minded and enjoys being the aggressor, but also turned up the discipline dial as a senior, showing improved run awareness and a motor that doesn’t quit.” - Dane Brugler, CBS Sports

“Dubose will serve as a run-stopping left end if he makes the roster, but I’m not so sure he will. The Vikings could’ve done better with this selection.” -

2015 season

Dubose did not have much of a rookie season to speak of, as he was signed to the practice squad at the start of the regular season and remained there for almost the entirety of his rookie campaign. He was signed to the active roster for the team’s lone playoff game, taking the place of tight end Rhett Ellison, who was placed on injured reserve following the team’s regular season finale.

2016 outlook

There was some promise for Dubose heading into the 2016 offseason workouts, but it was short-lived. He ended up tearing his ACL during the first week of organized team activities. The team then put him on waivers and eventually injured reserve once he cleared those waivers. 

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