College football’s leading tackler for 2015 is now officially off the board.
Former Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers was selected with the 160th pick overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
As a senior in the SEC, Brothers was a standout defender for the Tigers, which have had no lack of talented defensive players over the years. The 6-foot, 245-pound linebacker totaled 152 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions in his final year at Missouri.
At this year’s Senior Bowl, Brothers spoke with SEC Country about what he hoped to prove in that invitational game and in the NFL.
“A lot of people say I’m not physical,” Brothers said. “A lot of people say I’m not fast. I’m not sideline-to-sideline. That’s what I’m here to show them. I can play with the best of ‘em. I can be downhill. I can cover. I can run sideline to sideline. I can be the first one to the ball. And that’s what I plan on doing.”