Ozzy Posted May 16, 2021 Share Posted May 16, 2021 (edited) Sure the Vikings DL will not have all these guys make the roster on the defensive line, but still hard to find a group in the last 20 years or so on the Vikings DL that is this deep and talented. Most likely Brailford, Holmes and maybe Watts or Mata'afa are done for but still maybe some will surprise and stick around. Still that DE talent is crazy, Hunter is a given but having five possibly 6 potential starters opposite Hunter is impressive, a lot of possible options out there. Weatherly is a nice veteran addition but adding Jones and Robinson really takes the group over the top, not to mention Willekes who is a hell of a worker and athlete and has yet to get his shot because of injuries. They could be something special and have a heck of a rotation. Wonnum is something also who really flashed at times in pass rush situations last year. The three rookies Jones, Twyman and Robinson could really put them over the top though. DE Danielle Hunter/ Patrick Jones II/ Kenny Willekes / Hercules Mata'afa / Jordan Brailford DT Sheldon Richardson/ Jaylen Twyman / Armon Watts DT Dalvin Tomlinson/ Michael Pierce / James Lynch/ / Jordon Scott DE Stephen Weatherly/ D.J. Wonnum/ Janarius Robinson/ Jayln Holmes Then there is the massive improvement inside with Tomlinson who could be as good if not better than Joseph was for the Vikings. Tomlinson is already a better player now than Joseph was coming over from the Giants. Team him with a powerful dude in Pierce and if he is back fully he could be something as well, and if not Jordon Scott has a ton of upside and power, not to mention James Lynch who is a very promising powerful DL who can get after the QB and Twyman who has massive upside and potential. It could simply be an amazing group, especially if Hunter is fully healthy and back to form, and that was all said before they added Sheldon Richardson to the group who I think should start next to Tomlinson and bring Pierce off the bench until he proves he is a better player if he even is. They have had some great DL groups outside of the All time great Purple People Eaters. Hard to top Jared Allen and Kevin Williams, that was a great group but not as much depth. 2008 DE Jared Allen DT Pat Williams/ Fred Evans DT Kevin Williams DE Ray Edwards/ Brian Robison That DE group in 2016 had crazy high production with those ends, Joseph was very good inside and greatly helped that group. Yeah after that 2017 they had the best defense in the NFL arguably. 2016 DE Everson Griffen DT Linval Joseph DT Tom Johnson/ Shamar Stephen DE Danielle Hunter/ Brian Robison Jerry Ball really helped this group and Randle being moved around was hard to deal with, still not a ton of top end talent outside of Randle. 1998 DE Derrick Alexander/ Duane Clemons DT Jerry Ball DT Tony Williams/ Jason Fisk DE John Randle Will see what this new group of guys looks like. Hopefully they can be something special. Only thing missing would be an alpha type to provide confidence and a bravado to the unit. Not sure they have that guy, the 1998 group obviously had John Randle who was the ultimate. 2016 I would honestly say Griffen was that energizer and Robison was a hell of a leader. 2006 obviously Jared Allen was that dude and confidence builder, brought that swagger to it. Will see who in the 2021 group has that, Hunter has a little but they need confidence in that group to take their play to the next level and become a really elite unit. They got the depth now just will see how comes out in the end as the big time players. Edited June 30, 2021 by Ozzy Richardson added. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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