5 strongest positions on the Minnesota Vikings 2020 roster

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Defensive Tackle

The Vikings have a pretty deep defensive tackle depth chart, though it is a bit misleading. They have a lot of guys who have proven to be quality run stuffers.

They have the two big guys, newly signed Michael “Juggernaut” Pierce and the veteran Shamar Stephen. They also have a couple of hybrid players who can stuff the run and provide interior pressure in Armon Watts and Jaleel Johnson. That’s four deep when it comes to run cloggers.

The issue is figuring out who is going to be their primary interior disruptor. As stated above, both Watts and Johnson have flashed in that role, but there are players like Jalyn Holmes and Hercules Mata’afa who are supposed to be that but have failed to cash in on the chances they’ve been given.

Minnesota went out and drafted James Lynch in the fourth round this year and he’s coming off a season at Baylor where he almost accumulated 14 sacks. He could be the interior disruptor the Vikings have been searching for.

This is a deep position group for Minnesota and one that’ll be very competitive in training camp this summer.

It’ll come down to what type of players the Vikings wish to keep and the ones who end up getting cut, could be coveted by other teams once they hit the open market.