What the Vikings can expect from D.J. Wonnum in 2020?

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The Good


When the Vikings are looking for defensive linemen late in the draft, they look for players who are crazy athletic. Looking at D.J. Wonnum’s MockDraftable profile, he certainly fits the bill.

The 6-foot-5 pass rusher registered a 123-inch broad jump and 4.73-second time in the 40-yard dash. With impressive measurements in the vertical jump, three-cone drill, and 20-yard shuttle, he has a profile that shares a comparison with Bradley Chubb, who was drafted fifth overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.


Wonnum has the ability to play many roles in the defense. While he can stick his hand in the ground and rush the passer, he can also kick it inside or even rush the passer from a stand-up position. This indicates Wonnum can help replace the “Joker” role in Zimmer’s defense which was previously occupied by Stephen Weatherly.

Work Ethic

While he doesn’t quite have techniques or a gameplan most of the time, Wonnum has been a productive player when on the field.

He logged 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks during his sophomore year for the Gamecocks, but more impressively is how he transformed his body. Entering college at 215 pounds, Wonnum worked his way up to 260 pounds and he still has room to add more muscle to his already tremendous frame.