6 deepest positions on the 2021 Minnesota Vikings roster

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Defensive Tackle

This may be a bit of a surprise as there are some question marks behind the Vikings‘ two starters on the depth chart, but there is plenty of talent and promise with those players.

Let’s start with the top two. Michael Pierce and Dalvin Tomlinson are a couple of run stuffers who will not only plug up running lanes but will free up the linebackers to pursue and make tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Both of these big hogs can create interior pressure, pushing back interior lineman and disrupting the timing of opposing offenses. They will be a force and will help restore the Vikings defense to where it has been in most years under Mike Zimmer.

As mentioned above, there are some questions about the depth but the plus side for the Vikings is that what these players lack in production, they make up for in upside.

James Lynch didn’t get a ton of run as a rookie but he’s a quick twitched penetrator who should be much more effective with a full offseason under his belt.  Armon Watts has had some very good moments and has done well against the run while notching two sacks in his career.

Jaylen Twyman is a big powerful tackle who the Vikings landed in the sixth round. He was dominant in his years at Pittsburgh and has a motor that doesn’t quit. He will need to prove that sitting out his junior season didn’t have any effect on his game, but with a good preseason could earn a spot in this defensive tackle rotation.

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The interior of the Vikings’ defensive line is potentially elite at the top with some young and exciting players fleshing out the depth chart. That makes it one of the stronger positions on the 2021 team.