7 edge rushers the Vikings could select in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Nik Edlund
Habakkuk Baldonado (Pittsburgh)
- Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 251 pounds
- 25 tackles
- 5 tackles for a loss
- 2 sacks
Habakkuk Baldonado is another edge rusher who could end up moving inside, or even convert to an end when he gets to the pros and adds more weight to his frame. He’s a patient edge rusher who works through blocks with his tentacle-like arms, using that leverage and his natural power to get the advantage. He then closes in on the quarterback or ball carrier in a hurry, using his large wingspan to envelope them.
Baldonado had a breakout 2021 season, which showed what he can do when fully healthy. That year he tallied 41 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and nine sacks. He didn’t hit that production in 2022 because he was often injured and only appeared in nine games.
Baldonado is a different type of edge rusher. The patience and the way he lets the play develop are unique. Again, his final position in the pros may not be as a pure edge, but as a versatile piece that can be used all over the defensive line. If the Vikings are able to nab this guy in the 5th or 6th round it could end up providing great value.