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If Vikings Want DE/DT Depth, It’s Out There in Droves

The Minnesota Vikings embark on the 2021 NFL Draft with two clear roster needs — offensive linemen and a single starting defensive end.

Dozens of mock drafts flood the internet, and the most prominent names that follow the Vikings to their 14th pick include Kwity Paye (DE, Michigan), Gregory Rousseau (DE, Miami), Jaelan Phillips (DE, Miami), Christian Darrisaw (OT, Virginia Tech), Alijah Vera-Tucker (OL, USC), and Rashawn Slater (OT, Northwestern). And then there is also the “fun” stuff like DeVonta Smith, a wide receiver from Alabama, or Trey Lance, a quarterback from North Dakota State, that occasionally fall to the team.