He was born on July 1, 1993 in Fort Myers, FL where he attended Cypress Lake High School. Academics forced him to enroll at Hutchinson Community College after high school, redshirting his first year due to a concussion. But as a freshman he played in 12 games at outside linebacker, tallying 83 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception returned for a 34-yard touchdown, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He transferred to Minnesota the following year, starting three of 13 games as a sophomore. e finished the year with 41 tackles, three tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one forced fumble. He started all 13 games as a junior at weak-side linebacker, finishing with 75 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception (returned 30 yards for a touchdown), one pass breakup and three fumble recoveries. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors that year as well. As a senior he logged 11 starts in 13 appearances, finishing with 92 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception, three pass breakups and one forced fumble. He was named All-Big Ten honorable mention. He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round (115th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on May 6, 2016.
He signed a four-year deal worth $2,905,528 including a $565,528 signing bonus. His base salaries are: $450,000 (2016); $540,000 (2017); $630,000 (2018) and $720,000 (2019) with cap hits of: $591,382 (2016); $681,382 (2017); $771,382 (2018) and $861,382 (2019).