3 defensive and 3 offensive prospects the Vikings should watch at the Shrine Bowl

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Defensive Prospect No. 1

Jonah Elliss- EDGE (Utah)

The Vikings need to upgrade their pass rush this draft, perhaps more than once, as it's unclear whether Danielle Hunter will be back, and the same can be said about D.J. Wonnum.

With them both being free agents, the only edge rushers on Minnesota's 2024 roster are Patrick Jones II and Andre Carter II. That is a horrifying situation that will surely be addressed in free agency and the draft.

The Vikings will be looking at a handful of edge rushers this year, and one of the best who happens to be at the East-West Shrine Bowl is Utah's Jonah Elliss.

Elliss is explosive off the edge and closes on the quarterback in a matter of seconds. He has a wide repertoire of pass-rushing moves and is quick as a cat in every moment on the field. Elliss is also a stout run defender, which makes him a guy who doesn't come off the field very often.

Elliss may not have an ideal wingspan, and he also has a pretty lengthy injury history. He's projected to be a mid-second-round to third-round pick.

That might mean Minnesota taking him at pick No. 42 could be a little early, but if they move down in the first or second and acquire a later second or third-round pick, Elliss is a good option.