Vikings draft Danielle Hunter in 3rd round

The Minnesota Vikings drafted former LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter in the third round with the 88th overall pick.

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The Minnesota Vikings selected former LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday, the 88th overall pick. Hunter became the second LSU player taken after the Atlanta Falcons drafted Jalen Collins in the second round.

Hunter left LSU after his junior season, opting to forego his final season of eligibility. He was a two-year starter for the Tigers, starting all 13 games as a junior in 2014. He finished fourth on the team with 70 tackles and had a team-best 13 for loss. He excelled as a run-stopper but only had 1.5 sacks this past season.

He also broke up eight passes at the line of scrimmage and forced eight fumbles in his career, returning one for a touchdown.

Hunter was one of the more physically impressive players on LSU's team. Pictures of his veiny, bulging muscles went viral. He clocked a 4.57-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, which placed him first among defensive linemen.

LSU has now had a defensive lineman drafted in each of the last 12 years, the longest streak in the nation. Hunter's the highest-drafted defensive end since Barkevious Mingo went sixth overall in 2013.

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