Grading the Minnesota Vikings selections in the 2020 NFL Draft

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D.J. Wonnum – EDGE (South Carolina)

Grade: C

This is another pick that seemed too early with other edges that graded out much better. D.J. Wonnum is a solid player, but with others on the board that have more of a refined technique and a better pass rushing skill-set, it looked like more of a reach in the middle part of the draft.

Wonnum took a big leap last season, which is why one can understand the Vikings seeing the potential in him. He should possibly fight for that other starting defensive end job opposite of Danielle Hunter once training camp gets going.

James Lynch – DL (Baylor)

Grade: B+

This is a great pick by the Vikings. James Lynch is a very solid player that played edge in Baylor’s 3-3-5 stack defense. He was their gap penetrator that was a good run stopper and he fought hard to get to the quarterback on each play.

Lynch has a tremendous motor and a lot of strength. He should be the starter in Week 1 as Minnesota’s 3-tech defensive tackle. They need a guy that can play the run better at that position and Lynch is the guy to be the upgrade.

Troy Dye – LB (Oregon)

Grade: C+

This was a solid pick by the Vikings. Not great, but solid. Troy Dye will be more of a situational-type of linebacker that helps out on passing downs.

He’s athletic and he has good coverage skills, which means that he’s going to be pushing Ben Gedeon and Eric Wilson for starting duties as the weakside linebacker. This is going to be a position battle to watch as we enter the season.