Vikings 2023 Draft: Seven-round all-defensive mock draft

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Jordan Battle
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Fifth Round (Pick No. 161)

Colby Wooden – DL (Auburn)

Some big changes could be coming to the Vikings’ defensive front this off-season. Dalvin Tomlinson is out of contract and might have financial demands the team cannot match, with the future of Danielle Hunter also a topic of great debate heading into the decision-making stage.

Moving back to a 4-3 base would be wise given the personnel available right now. If Tomlinson and Hunter are sacrificed for long-term sustainability, then picking up prospects that could become contributors from the college ranks is almost a necessity.

Once more pressing needs are met, this is something the Vikings can accomplish later in the draft. Colby Wooden is a solid prospect with the versatility needed to become a key rotational piece immediately if his adjustment to a pro scheme goes smoothly.

Wooden can play either as a defensive end or a three-technique on the interior. His pass-rushing moves are fluid and there is enough explosiveness to suggest strides can be made with further refinement.

Although Wooden is technically sound, he wouldn’t be classed as the quickest despite a high motor. That shouldn’t put off the Vikings, who need a rotational interior rusher urgently based on their current options.