Vikings Draft 2021: Pre-Super Bowl five-round mock draft

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Fourth Round (Pick No. 125)

Rashad Weaver – DE (Pittsburgh)

The Vikings go back to the pass-rushing well and get an experienced edge presence in Pittsburgh’s Rashad Weaver with their third pick in the fourth round.

Weaver has the ideal build standing at 6-foot-5 and tipping the scales at 270 pounds. He’s got long, gangly arms that he uses to shed blocks and swat down balls. He has proven to be a dual-threat end who can stuff the run in addition to being able to get after the opposing passer.

Weaver isn’t an explosive rusher, instead, he tends to engage his blocker after the snap and then gets off the block and closes deceptively fast.

Weaver has plenty of strength to overpower anyone who is trying to slow him down in addition to being an exceptional athlete. He had a great run at Pittsburgh where he racked up a total of 17 and 109 total tackles (34 for a loss).

The Vikings can’t assume Ifeadi Odenigbo is going to revert back to his 2019 form, and they are unsure what they will get out of D.J. Wonnum in year two. Adding Weaver to the mix in addition to drafting Gregory Rousseau in the first round, turns this major area of weakness into a strength.

If Minnesota can improve the pressure up front, it will help every level of their defense, and that should equate to a few more victories in 2021.