Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NT Pat Williams retires a Minnesota Viking

The “bigger half” of the famed “Williams Wall” officially retired a Minnesota Vikings today after signing a one-day contract, in a great PR move by GM Rick Speilman.

Pat Williams was a 15-year veteran but hasn’t played  since 2010.  Williams was an amazing run stopper next to current Vikings DT Kevin Williams, earning three trips to the Pro Bowl.

With two days before the 2013 NFL Draft this is another reminder that the Vikings have yet to find a replacement for the 40-year old mammoth nose tackle.

Top Draft Day options to replace Williams would be Alabama’s Jesse Williams and Georgia’s John Jenkins who are late first round to early second-round options.  In the third round a small school prospect like Missouri Southern’s Brandon Williams could be a viable option.

The Vikings currently have both returning NT’s, Letroy Guion and Fred Evans, on the roster again.  Evans is heading into a contract year with the Vikings.

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