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

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The Bad

Pass Rushing Moveset

While D.J. Wonnum was able to post some decent sack totals at South Carolina, a lot of that wasn’t based on his technique. His high motor and effort helped him get to the quarterback and that alone won’t translate to success in the NFL. With some coaching on how to utilize a gameplan and use his 34 and 1/8-inch arms, he could see even more success.

Run Stopping

As of now, Wonnum is more of a pass-rushing specialist than anything else. Pro Football Focus gave him a five percent run-stop rate which ranked 250th in the nation. With a tendency to slow down while adapting to different paths during a play, Wonnum is usually late to the party when it comes to stopping the run.


While Wonnum can be a force when he gets a good jump, that doesn’t always happen. Being a step late, Wonnum has to re-adjust and that makes him late getting to the ball in any situation. Developing a toolbox of go-to moves would help a lot and help lead Wonnum to his potential.