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

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Christian Barmore
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Christian Barmore (Alabama)


  • Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 310 pounds

2020 Stats:

  • 22 tackles
  • 8 sacks
  • 9.5 tackles for loss

While it would be a big surprise if the Vikings addressed the defensive tackle spot at No. 14 overall, the upside where Christian Barmore is concerned cannot be ignored. The imposing interior presence enjoyed a phenomenal 2020 campaign for Alabama that resulted in yet another national championship for head coach Nick Saban and saw the prospect’s draft stock soar in the process.

Barmore was almost unblockable at times during the season, proving more than capable of getting after the quarterback, and also assisting in run support consistently. He went into the season with a mid-round grade from most analysts, but now he finds himself firmly cemented as a first-round pick that could go on to have a fantastic NFL career.

The prospect thrived as a three-technique, which is where Barmore should be best suited at the next level. Minnesota struggled to get the pressure needed from this particular area of the field last season, so even though there are other more pressing needs that should be addressed, this is a player that could instantly help the rotation.

Barmore has exceptional power that has been the cornerstone of his success in college. More will be needed from a technical standpoint against bigger offensive linemen at the next level, but there is a lot to like about his potential.