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.
|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.
|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|
|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|