5 candidates to be the Vikings starting defensive end in 2021

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Janarius Robinson

Another rookie for the Minnesota Vikings this year, Janarius Robinson wasn’t drafted too far behind Patrick Jones II. A fourth-round selection, Robinson played four seasons with Florida State where he was disruptive in the backfield.

Even though his sack numbers aren’t eye-popping for his final two years in the NCAA, three sacks each is nothing to turn your nose up at when they accompany nine and seven tackles for a loss respectively.

Standing 6’5 and weighing 263 pounds, the young defender seems to have a nose for the football to go with long arms that can help him win battles at the line of scrimmage and help him to set edges. That should translate to the NFL level nicely.

Like his fellow rookie out of Pitt, Robinson will need to prove he is ready for the big time by winning battles in training camp and the preseason before he can be a realistic candidate to be a starting defensive end in 2021.

Which player do you think will be starting at defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings opposite Danielle Hunter when the 2021 season kicks off? And is there one individual you’re rooting for more than the others? Let us know in the comments.