With yesterday’s report from the Pioneer Press on Viking DT Pat Williams returning for the 2010 season, Vikings fans can rest assured that the defensive front will once again be one of the best in the league.
But what about the years to follow?
Pat will be entering his 14th and possibly last season in the NFL while fellow run-stopper Kevin Williams will be entering his 8th season in the league. Certainly, Kevin has a few more years left to play, but the Vikings may need to address the DT position in this year’s draft, considering DT Jimmy Kennedy will become a free agent.
The Vikings will likely resolve other position situations in the early rounds, such as CB, S, and maybe even MLB with the injury of E.J. Henderson, but a DT in either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th round would certainly benefit the defensive front for the upcoming years.
Two great DT possibilities for a 3rd or 4th round pick would be Geno Atkins (Georgia) and D’Anthony Smith (Louisiana Tech). Atkins, a 6-2, 286-pounder, has good quickness up the middle and proved that trait at this year’s Senior Bowl by putting Mike Iupati (top-ranked G at Senior Bowl) on his heels for most of the game with constant pressure on the QB.
Smith, a 6-2, 300-pounder, has comparable size to Pat Williams and is great in one-on-one situations, but needs to improve on double-teams. This weakness is something that the Vikings would need to consider if drafted, but there is a lot of potential that Smith has to offer.
If the Vikings decide to wait until the later rounds in the draft to address the DT position, watch for Pittsburgh’s Mick Williams as a possible 7th-rounder. Williams, a 6-1, 280-pounder, is described as relentless in the trenches that thrives as both a run-stopper and pass-rusher, and if progressive, would keep the Williams wall intact for even more years to come.
Tags: 2010 NFL Draft
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