6 defensive tackles the Vikings could select in the 2020 NFL Draft

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Justin Madubuike (Texas A&M)


  • Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 293 pounds

2019 stats:

  • 45 total tackles (11.5 for a loss)
  • 5.5 sacks
  • 2 pass deflections
  • 1 interception
  • 1 forced fumble

We’ve covered prospects with motivational issues and pure size and production, but if we want to talk about workout warriors, Justin Madubuike is a guy the Vikings should go wild over.

Madubuike killed it at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, posting a 4.83-second 40-yard dash (97th percentile among interior linemen), a 7.37-second three-cone drill (88th percentile) and 31 bench press reps (81st percentile).

These traits helped him become a pass-rushing monster for the Aggies, posting a 7.3 PRP rating that was ninth among all interior defensive linemen.

While he had plenty of production and he showed the ability to take over games, his consistency was lacking throughout his collegiate career. What his Combine stats also don’t show is a lack of agility, which can cause him to disappear in games.

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Workout traits alone aren’t enough for Minnesota to draft someone, but they go a long way in determining who works in their scheme. With chops for rushing the passer, Madubuike could be a candidate to be coached up and turned into a dynamic partner beside Michael Pierce.