2013 NFL mock draft: Johnathan Hankins to Minnesota Vikings

Jamie Sabau

His surname isn't Williams, but the idea is the same: re-build a stout run defense.

For years, the Minnesota Vikings had one of the league's best defensive tackle pairings in the "Williams Wall" - with Pat and Kevin Williams spearheading what was consistently one of the NFL's best run defenses. Pat has been out of the league for two years, and Kevin will be 33 in August and, while still a dependable starter, is clearly no spring chicken. As such, it's probably time for Minnesota to try to find the next iteration of the Williams Wall; whether or not the surname oddity can be replicated remains to be seen.

Team Player Position Height Weight Class
25. Minnesota Vikings Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State DT 6'3" 320 JR

Christopher Gates: "Unlike our previous selection, where the best available player strategy trumped making a selection for need, those two things intersect nicely with this pick, as the Vikings fill a need at defensive tackle with the highly talented Hankins.

"Hankins anchored an Ohio State defense that helped get the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record in 2012. He's pretty versatile, having lined up as a one-technique, three-technique, and five-technique defensive lineman for the Buckeyes this past season, and showed the ability to make plays from all of those spots. In the Vikings' defense, he would almost certainly be the starter in 2013 at the nose tackle spot, next to ten-year veteran Kevin Williams.

"One of the major knocks on Hankins has been his conditioning, as it usually is with players that are as big as he is. An NFL-level conditioning program would likely help Hankins out with that. With the way the Vikings rotate their defensive linemen, there's a good chance that he would be a two-down player starting out, coming out on passing downs like Pat Williams did in his heyday with the Vikings. He's a good run-stopper, but his pass rush skills haven't quite caught up to his run-stuffing ability at this point.

"People are probably quite surprised that the Vikings didn't go with a wide receiver with either of their first-round picks in this scenario. The wide receiver class is deep enough that the Vikings can probably get an immediate contributor with their pick in the second, or even third, round of this year's draft."

Here's our own Dan Kadar to break down the pick:

Doubling up on defensive line in the first round would certainly bolster the Vikings’ defensive line. But is it a wise move to ignore other areas of need with two first-round picks? While there will be wide receivers in later rounds, none will be as good as someone like Keenan Allen of California or DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson. They both profile as true No. 1 wide receivers while the wide receivers in later rounds are not. Hankins is a good fit, however. He can play either defensive tackle spot. If the Vikings would ever want to go to a three-man front, he could line up at end as well.

Coming up at Noon ET: the Green Bay Packers, repped by Acme Packing Company, make the No. 26 overall pick.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
19 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame 6'6" 250
20 D.J. Fluker * OT Alabama 6'5" 339
21 DeAndre Hopkins * WR Clemson 6'1" 214
22 Damontre Moore OLB Texas A&M 6'5" 250
23 Cornelius Carradine DE Florida State 6'4" 276

2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

No. Team Player Pos. College
1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Geno Smith QB West Virginia
3 Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4 Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
6 Cleveland Browns Dion Jordan OLB Oregon
7 Arizona Cardinals Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
8 Buffalo Bills Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
9 New York Jets Chance Warmack OG Alabama
10 Tennessee Titans Dee Milliner CB Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Star Lotulelei DT Utah
12 Miami Dolphins Desmond Trufant CB Washington
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
14 Carolina Panthers Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
15 New Orleans Saints Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
16 St. Louis Rams Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
18 Dallas Cowboys Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
19 New York Giants Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
20 Chicago Bears Arthur Brown LB Kansas State
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
22 St. Louis Rams Jonathan Cyprien S Florida International
23 Minnesota Vikings Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
24 Indianapolis Colts Datone Jones DE UCLA
25 Minnesota Vikings Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
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