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

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Tommy Togiai (Ohio State)


  • Height: 6-foot-2 | Weight: 300 pounds

2020 Stats:

  • 12 tackles
  • 3 sacks
  • 4.5 tackles for loss

There aren’t many defensive tackle prospects that come into the draft with a higher stock than Tommy Togiai. The Ohio State standout was a force to be reckoned with last season and if the Vikings are aiming to secure a commanding interior presence against the run moving forward, they should take a long look at the prospect.

Togiai is a commanding figure that is incredibly difficult to move off the block. This is matched by natural power and hand placement that already appears NFL-ready, with the player’s mobility also impressive for a man his size.

One problem Minnesota has if they decide to pursue Togiai as a player of interest is their lack of a second-round pick. The ill-fated trade for Yannick Ngakoue will prevent them from landing some enticing prospects early on Day 2, but moving up is also a possibility that shouldn’t be ignored.

Togiai doesn’t offer much in the way of pass-rushing. But the Vikings wouldn’t necessarily need that from any incoming recruit thanks to the presence of Michael Pierce, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Danielle Hunter.

General manager Rick Spielman hasn’t hesitated to make draft-day trades if he feels it could benefit the organization. Considering what’s at stake for him and Mike Zimmer in 2021, then trading into the second round and giving up some of their vast capital in the later rounds is not completely out of the question.