The Vikings are preparing to make two first round selections next week, but they are also taking a look at adding a guy that once was selected 28th overall by the Seattle Seahawks.
Free agent defensive end Lawrence Jackson was reportedly scheduled to meet with the Vikings today. Jackson was a standout at USC before being selected by Seattle in 2008. He played with the Lions over the last three seasons and has never quite lived up to his draft position. Over the course of his career Jackson after starting 24 games during his two seasons in Seattle and none with the Lions.
He has only generated 98 tackles, 19.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two recoveries in his five seasons. Still, at age 28, he could certainly provide the Vikings with some interesting depth at their most talented position heading into training camp. Defensive ends Jared Allen, Brian Robison, and Everson Griffen are all due to be free agents following this season.
Signing a guy like Jackson would all but eliminate the need to draft a pass rusher next week.