D.J. Wonnum is not Danielle Hunter
This may not be a bold prediction because there’s nobody like EDGE Danielle Hunter on the football field. But that hasn’t stopped some from comparing D.J. Wonnum to the Vikings’ phenom after Minnesota selected him in the fourth round of the draft.
From a profile standpoint, the selection of Wonnum makes sense. He’s an athletic specimen who still has things to work on technically. His production was never at an elite level with the Gamecocks either, as he never recorded more than six sacks in a season.
By comparison, Hunter had just 4.5 sacks during his three seasons at LSU.
But looks can be deceiving when it comes to comparing someone to one of the greatest pass-rushers in Vikings history (who somehow is only 25 years old). Locked on Vikings host Luke Braun pointed out the difference in MockDraftable’s spider charts showing that while Wonnum isn’t a slouch, he’s not Hunter.
Much like putting Gladney in the slot, because fellow Twitter user Krauser pointed out Wonnum’s measurable profile more to new starting defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo.
If Wonnum can produce on the field, nobody is going to care what his spider chart looks like if he comes away with double-digit sacks on a yearly basis. If Wonnum can grasp his role and contribute, it’ll be a huge win for the Vikings and potentially another late-round gem.