Vikings Draft 2021: Four-round all defense mock draft

(Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) Jaylen Twyman
(Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) Jaylen Twyman /
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Marvin Wilson – DT (Florida State)

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Vikings need a complete overhaul of their interior defensive line.

Minnesota should get free-agent signing Michael Pierce back after he opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 health concerns. But they’ll still need to add more quality depth with the likes of Shamar Stephen and Jaleel Joseph simply not up to scratch.

Marvin Wilson makes a ton of sense here. The Florida State standout is a commanding presence against the run, boasting the technique and power to make his presence felt while getting after the quarterback in the process.

His draft stock has dipped slightly this season over some concerns surrounding a hand injury suffered in 2019. But providing these fears are quashed, Wilson should go in the first three rounds.

Jaylen Twyman – DT (Pittsburgh)

Another defensive tackle selection for the Vikings in the form of Jaylen Twyman. The Pittsburgh lineman didn’t take part in the 2020 college campaign, but this should not impact his draft position whatsoever thanks to a skill-set that could make a smooth transition to the pros.

Twyman excels as a three-technique and he is a relentless force in opposing backfields. He would compliment what Pierce and Wilson bring to the table in this particular scenario, giving the Vikings an imposing trio of young players at the position who could instantly transform their fortunes moving forward.