The Vikings continued the quest to build a better defensive line rotation on Saturday.
Defensive end Jalyn Holmes was the Vikings’ first of seven picks during the final NFL Draft day. Holmes (6-5, 283 pounds) is a unique blend of size and strength, fitting Mike Zimmer’s prototype for lengthy defenders.
Holmes wasn’t a standout at Ohio State, playing behind the likes of Joey Bosa with the Buckeyes. He was a team captain as a senior and amassed 12 tackles for a loss and four sacks in two seasons as a contributor.
What stands out to the Vikings is likely Holmes’ long frame. His 34-inch arms are just 1/4 inch shorter than defensive end Danielle Hunter, another athletic freak taken in the middle of the draft.
Holmes could also contribute at defensive tackle. He moved inside to rush the passer on third downs for Ohio State, saying he could make the transition to full-time defensive tackle if needed.
The Vikings traded with the Jets to move up 10 spots and draft tight end Tyler Conkin from Central Michigan in the fifth round.
The Vikings have five remaining: 180th (sixth), 204th (sixth), 213th (sixth), 218th (sixth) and 225th (seventh).