5 players the Vikings could trade during the 2020 NFL Draft

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Jaleel Johnson – DT

The Vikings have a lot of good run-stuffing defensive tackles on their roster right now and they have a bit of a log jam at the position after signing Michael Pierce in free agency last month. Behind the “Juggernaut” are Shamar Stephen and Jaleel Johnson.

Minnesota doesn’t need this much depth at this position for 2020 and they could look to move one of these guys during the draft.

Johnson could probably fetch the Vikings more in a trade than Stephen would. He’s in a contract year and is only 25-years-old. He’s also coming off a season where he began to show up a little more consistently.

In 2019, Johnson had the most productive campaign of his career with 29 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He showed the ability to create some interior pressure as well as being able to anchor against the run.

Replacing Linval Joseph was his job to win before the team brought in Pierce, which shows what Minnesota thinks of Johnson and they might not see a future with him beyond the 2020 season.

This year’s draft isn’t exactly loaded with run stuffers. If we get to Day 3 and the board is pretty well picked clean, the Vikings could get some phone calls coming their way regarding Johnson.

If Minnesota can land an extra fourth or fifth-round choice for him, they should make that deal.