EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A few thoughts on the Minnesota Vikings' third-round pick.
The pick: Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU
My take: It had been clear all offseason that the Vikings were looking for help at defensive end, and for the second year in a row, they took one in the third round. Hunter is an impressive athlete -- a 6-foot-6, 240-pound end with 4.57 40 speed and 34½-inch arms. He didn't put up the kind of sack numbers you'd expect in college and will have to figure out how to beat offensive tackles in the NFL. But after the Vikings missed out on signing Michael Johnson, they added the kind of lanky defensive end Mike Zimmer likes.
Room to grow: Hunter had just 1½ sacks in 2014 at LSU, and after the Vikings took Scott Crichton last year, they could be looking at another end who could take some time to develop. Hunter came out a year early, and while Pro Football Focus ranked him second among draft-eligible edge rushers in run-stop percentage, he will have to get better at pressuring the quarterback. In any case, the Vikings will have to get something out of Crichton or Hunter this season to lighten the load for Everson Griffen and Brian Robison, who each logged more than 900 snaps last year.
Trading back: The Vikings took Hunter 88th overall after a pair of trades back in the third round. The Vikings picked up a sixth-round choice (No. 193 overall) from Kansas City after moving back from No. 76 to No. 80, and netted a fifth-rounder (No. 143) from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a move from No. 80 to 88. They'll have six picks on Saturday -- one in the fourth round, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.