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Analytical plusses, minuses on Minnesota Vikings defensive draftees

Pro Football Focus brought its own analytical way of ranking players to the draft prospects, including the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive picks.

For a few years now, the analytics site Pro Football Focus has been reviewing film of the NFL draft prospects, including the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive picks.

Here is what PFF had for positives and negatives on each of the Vikings’ defensive draft picks that it reviewed: 


Rank: Ranked 11th among interior defenders and 112th overall.

Positives: Ranks seventh in pass-rush productivity at 10.4, generating 27 hurries, eight quarterback hits and eight sacks in 2016. Can “jack up blockers” with power. Good hand placement and leverage and has a variety of pass-rush moves. A “terror” on stunts. Showed a strong upper body, according to PFF, despite a poor showing in the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Negatives: Can get too wide when playing end and doesn’t disengage easily when blockers get into him. Isn’t great at recognizing plays and commits too many penalties.

Player comparison: Packers DT Mike Daniels.


Rank: Ranked 11th among linebackers and 182nd overall.

Positives: Ranked 24th with an 83.4 grade against the run. Gets through traffic on run plays and breaks down nicely to make the tackle. Missed only one tackle in eight Big Ten games in 2016. Physical player and his 27 reps on the bench press backs that up.

Negatives: Didn’t time well at the Combine, running a 4.75 40-yard dash and that could be exploited if he finds himself in pass coverage. Allowed 20 of 26 targets to his man to be completed in 2016, but gave up only one touchdown. Can bite too quickly on play-action plays. 

Player comparison: Broncos LB Todd Davis.


Rank: Ranked 30th as an edge defender.

Positives: Ranked 20th in the draft with a pass-rush productivity of 13.8 on 10 sacks, 10 quarterback hits, 32 hurries.

Negatives: Far down the list in run-stop percentage, making just eight tackles on 178 run-down snaps. Had a stop percentage of 3.9.


Rank: Not ranked among top 20 linebackers

Positives: Ranked 39th in tackling efficiency, missing only six tackles in 311 snaps in the running game, and missing five tackles in 518 snaps in the passing game.

Negatives: Was out of the top 50 in run-stop percentage at 9.5 percent, making 25 tackles and 16 stops in 201 run snaps.


Rank: Ranked 24th among cornerbacks and 171st overall.

Positives: Ranked 12th in cornerback grades at 86.9, which is good for a pick this late in the draft. Deemed a “solid” tackler, missing once for every 8.1 attempts. Played off coverage and described as a good reader of plays, making his move to safety with the Vikings a logical one.

Negatives: Ranked 40th in coverage, giving up 34 receptions for 321 yards in 72 targets for 0.89 yards per target. Had 13.9 coverage snaps per reception, a respectable number.

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