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Why the Vikings should draft Louis Nix III in the 1st round

Now before I start making my case for Nix let's get something clear, there are two different types of DT's. There is the Nose Tackle (NT) who is usually one of, if not the biggest player on your football team. The NT is used for stuffing the run and eating space so that other Pass rushers see less double teams. The other type of DT is called the Under Tackle (UT) who is still a big player but is not as big as the NT. The Under Tackle is usually the faster DT who gets into the backfield to disrupt offensive plays. The NT can still get into the backfield (which is what Nix does consistently) but it is not his primary job.

When the Williams Wall was in their prime, they made one of the best DT combos of all time with Pat playing at NT and Kevin at UT. This explains why Kevin has had WAY more sacks over his productive career, he played at UT like I just explained. Unfortunately all great eras have to come to an end. So after Pat retired it became obvious that Kevin was not as good as he was. Part of it was probably age, but I think that most of it had to do with losing a great NT that played right next to him. A player who could eat space and let Kevin get into the backfield more often.

So now that you know the differance between a UT and a NT I'm going to break the news to all the Gopher homies. We are not drafting Ra'shede Hageman. Now don't get me wrong, I'd love to have him. But the problem is that he is a UT. We already have a great one in Shariff Floyd. It's possible to start 2 UT's next to each other in pass-rushing situations. But the problem then is that yor're never going to be able to stop the run.

Louis Nix III is a great NT who can single-handedly ruin offensive game plans. Do you want to know why Manti Te'o looked so good in college? I think a lot of it had to do with big ol' Nix beingright in front of him. Nix would help our entire defense by creating more opportunities for the rest of our D-line. Thus making our secondary look good.

In conclusion, I think Louis Nix III would be a great addition to our defensive line that I wouldn't mind having AT ALL. What do you think?

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a community, that view is no less important.

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