The Minnesota Vikings added much-needed depth at defensive tackle this morning, selecting Iowa’s Jaleel Johnson in the fourth round (109) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Johnson was a full-time starter in 2016, earning first-team All-Conference honors in the Big 10 after a spectacular season inside. He finished the season as the team leader in both tackles for loss (10) and sacks (7.5), a rare feat for any interior defensive lineman.
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Continuing with the team’s affinity for versatile athletes, Johnson is a former high school wrestler. Like Minnesota’s second-round selection, Pat Elflein, Johnson brings the explosion, flexibility, and burst of a player with wrestling experience; something Zimmer clearly values in the trenches.