2020 NFL Mock Draft: Early Minnesota Vikings’ three-round predictions

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873. . Defensive Tackle. Aggies . Justin Madubuike. 3. player

You could easily make an argument that the Vikings are relatively deep at defensive tackle this season. Even after the departure of Sheldon Richardson, Minnesota has received solid play from its numerous options at the three-technique alongside Linval Joseph.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t a spot of need. While the depth is there, they haven’t gotten a ton of big plays from the position. Moving forward, the Vikings need someone who can push the pocket and take pressure off of Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter, who are handling the majority of the work in terms of keeping opposing quarterbacks uncomfortable.

Yes, Shamar Stephen, Ifeadi Odenigbo and Jaleel Johnson have played well at times in 2019. However, none appear to be the long-term answer at the three-technique. Finding said long-term answer during the 2020 NFL Draft would be a big step towards getting this Minnesota defense back on track.

One option that could be available towards the end of Day 2 is Justin Madubuike from Texas A&M.

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Madubuike has flashed the ability to collapse the pocket this season, having notched nine sacks in the last two years. He plays with good leverage, shows terrific agility off the snap and has the versatility to line up all along the defensive front. With some work on his technique and time in an NFL weight room, Madubuike could easily develop into the answer at defensive tackle.