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2020 NFL Draft Results: Minnesota Vikings select D.J. Wonnum

Some help on the defensive line

Appalachian State v South Carolina Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

With their first of a whole ton of picks on Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have addressed the defensive line, specifically the edge position.

With the Pick #117 in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected defensive end D.J. Wonnum from the University of South Carolina.

Wonnum missed much of his junior season with an injury, but came back to start all 132 games for the Gamecocks in his final season. He finished his season with 4.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.

Jordan Reid of The Draft Network has Wonnum ranked as the #21 edge defender in his Draft Guide. Here is his evaluation of Wonnum.

D.J. Wonnum entered Columbia expected to be a main contributor to one of the defenses that is always near the top in the country, After experiencing a fast start to his career, it seemed to fall off a bit as he became older. Having instant burst up the field, it wasn’t shown consistently enough in order to be counted upon as a starter. Having some likeable traits, it will be an uphill battle for Wonnum to become more than a depth piece on the next level and he could be a late Day 3 target for teams looking for a young depth piece off of the edge.

Wonnum is going to have an opportunity to get into the defensive line rotation, and he’s the kind of guy that Andre Patterson could develop into a threat in the future.

Welcome to Minnesota, D.J. Wonnum!