NFL Draft 2018: Minnesota Vikings 7-round mock draft – 2.0

KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Rashaan Gaulden
KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: Rashaan Gaulden /
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(Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images) Andrew Brown
(Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images) Andrew Brown /

DT. Virginia. 5. 60. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. AndrewBrown. player

Despite signing Sheldon Richardson to one-year deal in free agency, the Vikings could still use some depth on the defensive front. Shamar Stephen and Tom Johnson have both departed, leaving the defensive tackle position as an open need for Minnesota.

How about an impact talent in the fifth round? It is not that far-fetched. Andrew Brown has unique capabilities for a defensive tackle. Although he was not always dominant, the flashes were portrayals of elite potential.

He can rush from the interior, as he totaled nine sacks over the last two seasons. He pushes the pocket well as a bull-rusher and never stops working to shed his blocker.

His motor is non-stop, which is what makes him so productive in stopping the run. He also positions himself well in the gaps to slash inside and blow up the momentum of the play.

Brown could be a starter relatively soon in his career because of his quickness off the ball and his ability to match up well against slower guards. He did not always play up to his potential in college, but a little Mike Zimmer treatment could be the recipe Brown needs to achieve legitimate success in the NFL.