Of the “weak” positions listed here, defensive end is one of the stronger ones for the Vikings. There’s one reason for that and it’s because of the beast that is Danielle Hunter. No. 99 is simply one of the best defensive ends in the NFL as he is a complete player who can defend the run and get after the passer.
It’s the question marks on the opposite side of the line and behind him, which makes this a weak group for Minnesota.
Ifeadi Odenigbo is coming off a breakout season where he had seven sacks and showed enough potential that the team felt they didn’t need to bring Everson Griffen back this year. While all indications are that he’ll take the next step forward, there is a chance that Odenigbo just got lucky in 2019. If he isn’t able to match or exceed the production he had last season, the Vikings defense will be in trouble.
Behind Odenigbo and Hunter is where the major question marks lie. There are two underwhelming veterans in Eddie Yarbrough and Anthony Zettel and after these guys are a couple of rookies in D.J. Wonnum and Kenny Willekes. While these two youngsters are intriguing, relying on them to be productive in their rookie seasons is a lot to ask.
If this group is hit by an injury to a starter early in the season, it could cause Minnesota’s entire defense to implode, as there isn’t a single reliable backup defensive end on the team’s current depth chart.