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

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Which defensive tackle prospects could the Minnesota Vikings select during the 2021 NFL Draft?

Getting better production on defense is absolutely critical for the Minnesota Vikings if they want to make a postseason return in 2021. This area of the field went through some substantial complications last time out and judging by Minnesota’s moves in free agency this year, it’s something the team is trying to avoid when competitive action rolls around once again.

Mike Zimmer has always prided himself on defensive strength and the Vikings owe a lot of their success to this since he took over as the team’s head coach. Although it was the key behind their demise in 2020, there are plenty of reasons to be encouraged about a significant turnaround in fortunes next season.

Both Michael Pierce and stud pass-rusher Danielle Hunter will be returning after lengthy absences. Minnesota also signed defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson from the New York Giants in free agency, which could be a shrewd bit of business if he acclimatizes well to new surroundings.

Having both Pierce and Tomlinson means the Vikings don’t necessarily have a need for a top-end defensive tackle during the upcoming NFL Draft. However, their depth at the position remains a concern and it needs to be addressed by those in power at some stage over the all-important weekend.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at six defensive tackle prospects the Vikings could select during the 2021 NFL Draft.