After spending their first two picks on the offensive side, the Vikings went defense at #109.
The pick was Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson.
“I’m excited, my family is excited,” Johnson said. “This is definitely a dream come true. This is something I’ve waited for my entire life, to get a chance to play in the National Football League. … I’m ready to get to work.” (twincities.com)
Johnson led the Hawkeyes last season with 10 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He was named first-team all-conference.
Has good foot quickness and a plus motor. Early bird into the neutral zone off the snap. Accelerates into blockers with forceful punch at point of attack. Maximizes his length. Uses one-arm jab and long-arm push to disengage from blockers and generate a bull rush. Loose hips and flexible upper body are play-making tools. Plays with good energy and gives you what he’s got. Won’t catch him leaning on blocks for a rest. Hands and feet are in constant concert to improve positioning and defeat run or pass blocks. Rushes with both effort and skill. Always working to the edge of a blocker with quick feet and violent hands. Change-of-direction talent creates difficulties for plodding guards. Had one of his finest games in upset over third-ranked Michigan.
Too upright at point of attack. Narrow base and elevated pad level create issues for him against double teams. Might not have the anchor necessary to operate inside a two-gap scheme. Contact balance is below average. Unable to consistently fight back against a quality down block. Is a little soft around the middle and lacking thickness through arms. Limited number of tackles for loss. Can be a little slow to recognize screen passes. (NFL.com)