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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Oct 15, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after picking up a fumble during the third quarter of a game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after picking up a fumble during the third quarter of a game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
Prospect Name School Rank Height Weight Round Grade
Jamal Adams LSU 1 6-0 211 1
Malik Hooker Ohio State 2 6-2 205 1
Budda Baker Washington 3 5-10 192 1
Jabrill Peppers Michigan 4 6-0 205 2
Josh Jones NC State 5 6-0 190 2
Marcus Maye Florida 6 5-11 216 2
Obi Melifonwu Connecticut 7 6-3 216 2-3
Marcus Williams Utah 8 6-0 195 2-3
Desmond King Iowa 9 5-10 203 3
Eddie Jackson Alabama 10 6-0 194 3
Delano Hill Michigan 11 6-0 215 3-4
Justin Evans Texas A&M 12 6-0 200 3-4
John Johnson Boston College 13 6-0 202 4
Lorenzo Jerome Saint Francis (PA) 14 5-11 195 4-5
Jadar Johnson
Clemson 15 6-0 210 5
  • Marcus Williams – Utah

Williams’ style of play is a dying breed among safeties throughout the NFL. He is strictly a center field safety. Williams possesses fantastic range as he is able to read the QBs eyes and range from sideline-to-sideline with ease and affect the passing game on the back end.

There are concerns about Williams’ overall tackling ability, but he rarely misses tackles. He takes poor angles from time to time, but coming up in run support is not where he’s going to make his money. He is a ball hawk on the roof of the defense and QBs will always be aware of where he is on the field.

Age: 20  (9/8/1996)

NFL Comparison: Glover Quin

  • Josh Jones – N.C. State

A late riser, who seemingly came out of nowhere over the past two months of the evaluation process, Jones has seen his draft stock skyrocket. The aspect that makes Jones intriguing is his experience and versatility. He has played every position in the secondary in his time in Raleigh.

He has natural instincts as a safety and is best served in a strong safety role. Jones is at his best when he can be involved in the box, opposed to sitting on the roof of the defense. He’s one of the more experienced defensive backs of this class (32 starts), and it shows on film.

Age: 22  (9/20/1994)

NFL Comparison: Rodney McLeod

  • Delano Hill – Michigan

Still a bit of a sleeper to this point in the draft, Hill is a solid prospect. He doesn’t have any singular trait that is superior to the rest as was evident by his combine performance. Running a 4.47 helped his stock significantly but his short shuttle (4.27) and three-cone drill time (6.96) matches his tape as he struggles when asked to re-direct his hips or change directions.

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He’s best served as a box safety, but he has shown at times to be able to come down and cover receivers and tight ends in the slot. Not as consistently as you would like, but the fact that it is not foreign to him helps his draft stock.

Age: 21  (11/26/1995)

NFL Comparison: Darian Stewart