Minnesota Vikings Draft 2017: Final rankings and grades – Defense

Sep 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; General view of the Minnesota Vikings logo at midfield during a NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; General view of the Minnesota Vikings logo at midfield during a NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 19, 2015; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2015; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
Prospect School Rank Height Weight Round Grade
Myles Garrett Texas A&M 1 6-4 272 1
Takkarist McKinley UCLA 2 6-2 250 1
Charles Harris Missouri 3 6-2 253 1
Carl Lawson Auburn 4 6-2 253 1
Derek Barnett Tennessee 5 6-3 259 1
T.J. Watt Wisconsin 6 6-4  252  2
Taco Charlton Michigan 7 6-5 277 2
Derek Rivers
Youngstown State 8 6-4 258 2
Joe Mathis Washington 9 6-2 266 3
Jordan Willis Kansas State 10 6-3 255 3
Daeshon Hall
Texas A&M 11 6-5 266 3
Tarell Basham Ohio 12 6-3 269 3-4
Tim Williams Alabama 13 6-2 244 3-4
Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova 14 6-6 289 4
Dawuane Smoot Illinois 15 6-3 264 4
  • Daeshon Hall – Texas A&M

Lining up opposite of what seems to be the consensus top player on most draft boards in Myles Garrett, was a gift and a curse for Hall. With his endless motor, and powerful hands, he flashes many tools to be a productive pass rusher early on his career.

There are some questions about teams running at him, as he’s shown to be a little susceptible against the run, but he still has the frame to add weight to be able to take on that task. He also has a tendency to play wild and out of control when rushing the passer or jumping out of his assigned gap against the run.

Age: 21  (6/14/1995)

NFL Comparison: Danielle Hunter

  • Tanoh Kpassgnon – Villanova

At first glance, Kpassgnon clearly passes the look test, as he has the build of a Greek God. He’s chiseled and doesn’t appear to have a pound of body fat. On the field, despite playing on the FCS level, he was highly productive. Finishing his career with 37 tackles for loss and 22 sacks.

With that being said, many scouts are wondering if that is a product of him getting by off of natural ability, as he was superior to his competition. Kpassagnon is seen as a very raw prospect, but if he gets under a coaching staff that can help him put it all together and unlock his tools, he can become a player who has a very high ceiling as a pass rusher.

Age: 22  (6/14/1994)

NFL Comparison: Michael Johnson