5 defensive prospects for Vikings to watch at the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl

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Which defensive prospects should the Minnesota Vikings keep close tabs on during the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl?

Draft season is a go this week for the Minnesota Vikings and the rest of the NFL, as we get not one but two All-Star games.

The first is the East-West Shrine Bowl which takes place on Thursday. The East-West Shrine game is primarily made up of Day 2 and Day 3 draft prospects. While these may not be premier prospects, this game will be loaded with players who have critical roles on teams as backups, special teamers, and the occasional starter and sometimes even star.

The Vikings have plenty of holes to fill on their roster, and on defense, they actually need an injection of new blood across the board. Minnesota’s defense was just about dead last in every statistical category this season, and improvements must be made.

Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and his scouting team will be watching the defensive players extra closely this week. So who are a few names they should definitely keep an eye on, as they all would fill holes and add much-needed depth to this roster?