The Vikings are deep in the process of retooling their defensive line. Right now, only two of last year’s key D-line contributors – Brian Robison and Sharrif Floyd – are still under contract. Starters Jared Allen and Kevin Williams are both headed to free agency, and Letroy Guion was recently cut.
Nose tackle is basically an empty void right now for the Vikings, with Fred Evans hitting free agency and Letroy Guion hitting the road. Neither of those guys was ever a true nose, but Paul Soliai is.
At 340 pounds, Soliai is in the old school tackle mold, big and powerful and able to provide an anchor. The Vikings haven’t had a specimen like him on the roster since Pat Williams.
As we’ve been informed multiple times in recent days, Mike Zimmer’s defensive approach favors disciplined run stopping along the D-line over up-the-field pass rushing. Soliai could give them the physical presence they need at the nose, a presence that just was not there when the undersized Guion was starting in Leslie Frazier’s system.