What the Vikings can expect from DE Patrick Jones II in 2021

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Defensive end Patrick Jones II was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, but what should expectations be for the young pass rusher?

The Minnesota Vikings were busy on Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Although they didn’t make a single selection during the second round, the Vikings had four total selections in the third round. They took a quarterback, linebacker, and an offensive lineman before capping off their night with a pass rusher.

Minnesota addressed their biggest remaining need in the draft when they selected Pittsburgh defensive end Patrick Jones II with the No. 90 overall pick in the third round. Although Danielle Hunter should be healthy and returning to the team next season, the spot opposite him on the defensive line will likely be up for grabs this summer.

At 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, it’s easy to look at a prototypical defensive end when working off first impressions. His size is one thing, but some other things could help make Jones a success for the Vikings. On the other hand, there are areas where the former Pitt pass rusher needs to improve.

Let’s take a look at the positives and negatives surrounding Jones, as well as what kind of production Minnesota should expect from him during his time on the field in the upcoming 2021 NFL season.

(*NOTE: Stats from Sports Reference with analysis from NFL.com and CBS Sports)