What the Vikings can expect from their newest defensive tackle

(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) P.J. Hall
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On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings were able to add P.J. Hall to their defensive line.

With a new need to add more depth to their defensive line after the recent decision by Michael Pierce to opt-out of the 2020 season, the Minnesota Vikings decided to make a trade on Monday.

In exchange for defensive tackle P.J. Hall, the Vikings sent a conditional seventh-round draft pick to the Las Vegas Raiders. If Hall doesn’t end up being active for at least six games this year, however, then Minnesota doesn’t owe the Raiders a seventh-round draft selection.

It’s a low-risk move that has the potential to turn into something good for the Vikings. Hall was a starter for Las Vegas in 2019 and he has the versatility to line up as a nose tackle or a three-technique defensive tackle.

The Raiders were actually going to release the young defensive lineman before Minnesota gave them a call to work out a trade. Now, Hall gets to work with one of the best defensive line coaches in the NFL in Vikings co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson.

Will Patterson’s coaching and a fresh new start result in Hall becoming a vital part of Minnesota’s defense this season? Let’s dive in a little deeper and go over some of the things the Vikings can expect from their newest defensive tackle.