6 defensive ends the Vikings could pick in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Joshua Kaindoh (Florida State)


Height: 6-foot-7 | Weight: 265 pounds

2020 Stats:

  • 14 tackles (3 for a loss)
  • 1 interception
  • 1 touchdown

If the Vikings are waiting until one of their last picks in this year’s NFL Draft to take a defensive end, or they’re looking to double up at the position, a guy they could look at would be former Florida State pass rusher Joshua Kaindoh.

Like Dayo Odeyingbo and Gregory Rousseau, Kaindoh has that ideal length and size. He’s 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds with neverending arms. He’s got a great first step and he is much faster than a human his size should be.

Kaindoh sometimes struggles to use his hands to get free of blocks and he is a bit lacking in the strength department. But he is more than willing to attack opposing ball carriers and not just be a guy who gets sacks.

One would think a guy with his blend of size and speed would have a lot more than just eight career sacks and that’s a big reason why he will probably be on the board deep into the draft’s third day.

Kaindoh has god-given size and speed, so if he can get with a coach like Andre Patterson, who can teach him to bend and get away from blocks, he could develop into a solid rotational player.

If the Vikings are able to land him with one of their last choices, he would be a great value pick and one that would hold some promise and potential for the future.