Source: Norfolk State pass rusher Lynden Trail visited Vikings on Wednesday, Dolphins today
Norfolk State outside linebacker Lynden Trail visited the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday and the Miami Dolphins today, according to league sources.
The 6-foot-7, 269-pounder transfer from Florida projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. Trail can also play defensive end and is regarded as an intriguing pass rusher.
At the NFL scouting combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds, bench pressed 225 poudns 24 times and had a 32 1/2 inch vertical leap.
Trail is an athletic, disruptive defensive player who has 18 pass deflections over the past three years.
He was used as a tight end in practice during the Senior Bowl and caught passes smoothly in red-zone drills.
Trail is a former high school wide receiver.
Trail is a three-time All-Mid-Eastern Conference selection who’s flashed a lot of mobility and and shown the ability to hold the point of attack at the Senior Bowl, drawing some comparisons to lean Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap.
Trail recorded 91 tackles as a senior with 11 for losses, five sacks and two forced fumbles. He finished his career with 255 tackles, 41 for losses, 19.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
He was the first Norfolk State player to be invited to the NFL scouting combine since cornerback Don Carey in 2009. Trail is regarded as a middle-round to late-round draft pick.
“There’s no such thing as a small-school guy, in my opinion,” Trail said. “The only difference between us and a major Division I school is the money. At the end of the day, everybody has to play ball, throw their helmet on and hit somebody.”
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