5 lively outsiders for the Minnesota Vikings first-round pick in 2023

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Isaiah Foskey – DE (Notre Dame)

As stated previously, the Minnesota Vikings need help everywhere on defense. This unit was the primary catalyst behind their demise in 2022 and unless big changes occur, it has the potential to hold the team back once again in the second year under Kevin O’Connell.

All three levels need a fresh injection of youth and proven production in equal measure. Obviously, this all starts upfront on the defensive line, which has been a strength of any successful Vikings team in franchise history.

Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith should be around in 2023. Harrison Phillips is another that can work the edge or even move inside as a three-technique if Minnesota reverts back to a 4-3 based in the wake of Ed Donatell’s firing.

With that being said, no defense can ever have enough players capable of generating pressure consistently. After an exceptional Senior Bowl, Isaiah Foskey is someone who ticks all the boxes and might be considered when the time comes.

Foskey has NFL-ready length and is dominant at the point of attack. The former Notre Dame standout does need to refine his pass-rushing repertoire, but there is a significant amount to work with that can be coached up quickly.