5 defensive tackles the Vikings could select in the 2019 NFL Draft

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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Dre’mont Jones
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Dre’mont Jones /

Dre’Mont Jones (Ohio State)


Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 281 lbs

2018 Stats:

  • 43 tackles (14 for a loss)
  • 8.5 sacks,1 interception, 1 forced fumble

2018 was officially the coming out party for Jones. He will be looked at as one of the most athletic defensive tackles in the entire class. His quickness and his ability to shoot the gaps and make plays in the offensive backfield will make him a hot commodity in the early rounds.

What is most intriguing about Jones is how raw he is. His ceiling is still very high and he appears to be getting only better.

With his size, he could be a guy that lines up at multiple spots along the defensive line and he can add quality depth. He has quite a ways to go when it comes to stopping the run, but he could be a situational pass rusher early in his career.

Jones’ upside will really intrigue teams and if he goes into the right situation, he could be a star in the NFL.

As of now, Jones is looked as a guy who should come off the board in round two this year. I could absolutely see the Vikings having interest in him if he is still available with pick No. 50 in the second round.

Imagine a guy like Minnesota defensive line coach Andre Patterson getting his hands on a big man with this type of athleticism. The payback could be huge.

Even as a rookie, Jones could push for some serious playing time with the Vikings and even push for a starting spot at some point in the season.