Vikings Need No. 3
The Vikings' defense did improve this season, and at times, the unit was downright dominant.
However, as the season wore on, flaws began to appear, and opposing teams were able to put up yards and points through the air and on the ground almost at will.
A big reason for this decline was that Minnesota's defense was losing the battle up front in the trenches.
Harrison Phillips is a good player who, at times, can look great. He isn't consistently great, though, and the Vikings need to find a player who can control games up front, much like a Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs or Dexter Lawrence of the New York Giants.
They also lack quality depth behind Phillips. Jonathan Bullard is a journeyman who, at his best, is an average defender, and Jaquelin Roy is still learning the position, and his ceiling is unclear.
Khyiris Tonga was a little disappointing in year two with Minnesota after looking like a potential breakout candidate a season ago. He's also a free agent and likely won't be back.
T.J. Smith was on and off the practice squad and is also a free agent. Then there's Sheldon Day, who has looked good at times but is depth at best.
This a dark horse position the Vikings could address in the first or second round. Getting a dominating beast up front may not be a headline-generating move, but it is long overdue and badly needed.