Round 3: Terry Beckner Jr., DT – Missouri
The Vikings could be in trouble at defensive tackle if they can’t bring back Sheldon Richardson or Tom Johnson to start next to Linval Joseph. Jaleel Johnson is more of a backup for Joseph and Curtis Cothran is still an unknown.
For that reason, an early pick on a defensive tackle makes sense rather than opening up the wallet. Even if the team can bring back Richardson, having Beckner as a backup and understudy would make complete sense in a Mike Zimmer defense.
In four years at Missouri, Beckner accumulated 120 total tackles with 32 of those being for a loss. Also, he brought down opposing quarterbacks 13.5 times and recovered two fumbles and was Second-Team All-SEC in 2018.
Beckner may drop a little in the draft because of a torn ACL in his left knee and being caught with marijuana in 2016. However, neither of those should be major red flags after his bounce back years with the Tigers.