5 former players the Vikings badly miss in 2023

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Former Vikings player No. 4

Dalvin Tomlinson, defensive line

It was really hard watching the Philadelphia Eagles run all over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football in Week 2. The beefy offensive line of the Eagles wore down the defense and left them on the field for the vast majority of the game.

After spending two seasons in Minnesota, Dalvin Tomlinson moved on to the Cleveland Browns. Last year, he registered ten quarterback hits, 42 combined tackles, and 2.5 sacks while teams passed all over the Vikings' defense.

Having a big man like Tomlinson back on the defensive line would be great for Minnesota since adding some beef and muscle in the trenches whether it is for him to be a starter or just a rotational player to keep the line fresh.

In a year where the Minnesota Vikings are more aggressive under Brian Flores, Dalvin Tomlinson could have been a huge asset on a defensive line that lacks depth and needs to step up for the remainder of the season.