Top concern about D.J. Wonnum:
The Vikings took South Carolina defensive end D.J. Wonnum with their first choice of the fourth round this year. He was projected to come off the board a little later than that, but apparently, Minnesota co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson fell in love with this kid’s potential and wanted him badly.
There’s plenty to like about Wonnum. He’s exactly the same size as the beast that is Danielle Hunter. He also was a team leader for the Gamecocks and he has arms that go on forever. He’s got a never-ending motor and is oozing with potential.
Therein lies the issue with Wonnum, he’s all potential at this point.
Wonnum played both the outside linebacker position and defensive end in college. He doesn’t have a ton of pass-rushing moves and he fails to use his hands to his advantage. In the Vikings system, he’ll be a true defensive end and that’s not what he did in his college career.
He’ll need time learning and growing under the tutelage of Patterson, so his impact in year one could be very minimal.