5 positions the Minnesota Vikings will definitely draft in 2019

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Defensive Tackle

Defensive tackle is a big need for the Vikings and one they’ll surely address early in the 2019 Draft. Sheldon Richardson is a free-agent and should be looking for a big contract that the Vikings won’t be able to match.

The current depth chart has Linval Joseph, Jaleel Johnson, and Jalyn Holmes topping it. Linval is a run stuffer, and Jaleel Is his backup that leaves Jalyn Holmes as the primary three-technique. He’s unproven and a true wild card entering his second season.

This is a position the Vikings will address through free agency and the draft. It would be very reassuring if the team could bring back Tom Johnson for one more season. He is getting up there in age, but that guy just has a knack for making plays when he’s on the field. He could work with Jalyn Holmes as part of a rotation.

While Tom Johnson and Jalyn Holmes working in tandem to replace Sheldon Richardson would be a step in the right direction, it is by no means a solution. The Vikings will look to bring in a rookie to make the tandem a trio. The Vikings could address this need as early as round one, but it would be quite shocking to see them wait beyond the third round to bring in a penetrating disruptor to put next to Linval Joseph.