Former Sooner Brian Asamoah named Vikings ‘Surprise offseason standout’ by ESPN

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Brian Asamoah’s time at OU can be summed up in five words: “man, that guy is fast.” The speedy linebacker was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and has already gotten some attention.

Unsurprisingly, Asamoah’s speed is what’s getting the former Sooner a bit of buzz. During Minnesota’s mandatory minicamp, Asamoah shined during non-contact drills.

ESPN picked one surprise offseason standout from each NFL team and Asamoah was chosen to represent the Vikings in this article.

There isn’t much said here, but this blurb is pretty on brand for Asamoah and his game.

Asamoah’s sideline-to-sideline speed was plainly evident in non-contact practices, as was his confidence. He joked with an assistant coach that he wanted $5 every time he ran past someone. “I’m a rich man now,” he said, “because I keep passing them.” – Kevin Seifert, ESPN

Any article written about Asamoah during his time in Norman will mention his speed. He will be a force against the run, and in a division with Aaron Jones and David Montgomery in it, that’s a very good thing for the Vikings.

Of the teams ESPN has gone through so far for this list, Asamoah is the only 2022 Sooners draft pick on it to this point. That’s nothing to be concerned about for Sooners fans, or anything like that. Asamoah’s speed and athleticism are just that good.

It’s just non-contact so far, so we will have to wait and see if Asamoah and his fellow rookies can truly make the jump to the next level.

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