3 positions the Vikings could double-dip at in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Nik Edlund
This is arguably the weakest position on the Vikings roster, so seeing the team upgrade it twice in this draft shouldn’t come as a shock.
The Vikings only have one real horse on the line as it stands now, and that is Harrison Phillips, who is likely to be the nose tackle again in 2023.
Dean Lowry mans one of the end spots, and he was a nice addition, but he’s more of a spot starter or rotational guy. The other side of the line is pretty rough, with Jonathan Bullard and James Lynch battling it out for a starting position
The depth behind them isn’t great, either. Esezi Otomewo isn’t a lock to make the team, Kenny Willekes is a great story but can’t stay healthy, and Ross Blacklock, Sheldon Day, and T.J. Smith don’t exactly strike fear into offensive linemen’s hearts.
While it isn’t a popular mock draft selection, taking a defensive tackle like Calijah Kancey or Bryan Bresee at pick 23 fills a huge need for the team. Both of those guys have the potential to be game wreckers which is something the Vikings haven’t had in the middle of their defensive line for quite a while.
They could then go back and address the defensive line again with a mid-round prospect like Alabama’s Byron Young, Wake Forest’s Kobie Turner, or Bowling Green’s Karl Brooks. If they wait until late, then players like Texas’ Keondre Coburn, Penn State’s PJ Mustipher, or West Virginia’s Dante Stills could be options.
An influx of talent is needed on the Vikings’ defensive line. They will be rolling with a young secondary, so any pressure they can muster up front will help out the back end tremendously.