Dallas Turner
No. 15 – Minnesota Vikings
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (2003-02-02) February 2, 2003 (age 21)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:247 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Thomas Aquinas
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
College:Alabama (2021–2023)
NFL draft:2024 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Roster status:Unsigned draft pick
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

Dallas Turner (born February 2, 2003) is an American football linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide, where he named a consensus All-American and the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2023. Turner was selected by the Vikings in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft.

Early life and high school career

Turner grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and initially attended American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida.[1] As a junior, he was named the area Defensive Player of the Year by the Sun-Sentinel after finishing the season with 74 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, and three forced fumbles.[2] After the season Turner transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[3] Turner was rated a five-star recruit and committed to play college football at Alabama entering his senior season after considering offers from Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Oklahoma.[4] He had 36 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks as a senior.[5]

College career

Turner began his freshman season as part of Alabama's defensive pass rush rotation before starting his first career game against Texas A&M.[6] He was named to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Freshman team.[7] He tied for the lead in the SEC in sacks with ten in 2023.[8] In a loss to Tennessee in the 2022 season, he had an 11-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.[9] He was a Consensus All-American in 2023.[10] He earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year.[11] Turner declared for the 2024 NFL draft following Alabama's loss in the 2024 Rose Bowl.[12]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+34 in
(1.90 m)
247 lb
(112 kg)
34+38 in
(0.87 m)
9+78 in
(0.25 m)
4.46 s 1.54 s 2.65 s 40.5 in
(1.03 m)
10 ft 7 in
(3.23 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[13][14]

Turner was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 17th overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft.[15]

References

  1. ^ Reuse, Jake (December 5, 2019). "Current, former Dawgs aiding Georgia's pursuit of junior LB Dallas Turner". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  2. ^ Hall, Emmett (February 6, 2020). "Former American Heritage football player continues on path to stardom". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  3. ^ Lichtenstein, Adam (January 22, 2020). "Defensive player of the year Dallas Turner transfers from American Heritage to St. Thomas Aquinas". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved May 19, 2024.
  4. ^ VanHaaren, Tom (July 1, 2020). "Alabama carries on five-star recruit streak with 2021 commitment from DE Dallas Turner". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  5. ^ Tsoukalas, Tony (July 24, 2021). "Inside the mindset of Dallas Turner going into his freshman season". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  6. ^ Potter, Charlie (October 6, 2021). "Dallas Turner, Chris Braswell next men up after latest OLB injury". 247Sports.com. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  7. ^ Blackwell, Joey (December 9, 2021). "JoJo Earle, Kool-Aid McKinstry and Dallas Turner Named to SEC All-Freshman Team". SI.com. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  8. ^ "2023 SEC Leaders". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 19, 2024.
  9. ^ "Alabama at Tennessee Box Score, October 15, 2022". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 19, 2024.
  10. ^ "Consensus All-America Teams (2020-2023)". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 19, 2024.
  11. ^ "SEC Defensive Player of the Year Winners". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 19, 2024.
  12. ^ Straka, Dean (January 1, 2024). "2024 NFL Draft: Alabama LB Dallas Turner, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, declares after Rose Bowl loss". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 8, 2024.
  13. ^ "Dallas Turner Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 21, 2024.
  14. ^ "2024 NFL Draft Scout Dallas Turner College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved March 21, 2024.
  15. ^ Young, Lindsey (April 25, 2024). "Vikings Draft Alabama Outside Linebacker Dallas Turner with 17th Pick After Trade with Jaguars". Vikings.com. Retrieved May 19, 2024.