Raequan Williams – DT (Michigan State)
This is more of a need fit, as the board has been pretty well picked clean when it comes to interior pass rushers. Raequan Williams is likely a fifth or sixth-round pick, but he has the tools to create the interior pressure the Vikings are currently needing in the middle of their defensive line.
Minnesota added Michael Pierce in free agency this year, but he’s a run stuffer and a space-eater. The only defensive tackle on the Vikings’ roster who has shown the ability to crash the pocket and disrupt the timing of an opponent’s play is Armon Watts.
Mike Zimmer’s defense lives and dies on the pressure created upfront and Minnesota needs to find a true three-technique defensive tackle whose job it is to create that pressure. Michigan State’s Raequan Williams could be the best option they see on the board.
Measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds, Williams has got a great bull rush and he uses his big frame and violent hands to fight through blockers. He could stand to bulk up a bit and add more strength to help take on big experienced NFL offensive lineman. But he’s got raw tools that Vikings co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson could mold into an effective interior pass rusher.