UDFA Analysis: DT Manase Hopoi

One of the deepest positions on the Vikings' roster is defensive tackle, where Kevin Williams and Pat Williams assume the starting roles and backups Spencer Johnson and C.J. Mosley have flashed skill in their past opportunities. With that ahead of him, undrafted rookie Manase Hopoi will have a stiff challenge to make the roster. Find out what TFY Draft Preview thought of the DT before the draft.

Full Name: Manase Hopoi School: Washington Pos: DT

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 286 40: 5.18 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter used at both defensive tackle and end. Totaled 33/9.5/5 as a senior after 54/22/9 the prior year when he was an All-Conference selection.

Pos: Explosive defensive lineman who can be used at several spots. Possesses outstanding first-step quickness, plays with good pad level and gets leverage on opponents. Keeps his feet moving on contact, immediately changes direction and makes plays laterally. Effectively uses hand technique to protect himself. Takes good angles to the action and works to get involved.

Neg: Under-sized, can be engulfed at the point and is on the ground a bit too often. Coming off a poor senior campaign.

Analysis: An underrated prospect who lacks top size/speed numbers, Hopoi offers growth potential and could be used as a three-technique lineman or as a two-gap player.

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