The Minnesota Vikings are considering drafting former Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche with the No. 23 pick in the first round of tomorrow’s NFL Draft, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.
This is certainly an interesting development, as the Vikings currently have both Sharrif Floyd and Linval Joseph manning defensive tackle, and both have done well enough under coach Mike Zimmer that it can be argued that Minnesota should focus more on taking a top receiver with their pick. Nkemdiche is talented, yes, but probably wouldn’t be an immediate impact player for the Vikings in 2016.
There are also Nkemdiche’s off-field issues to consider. Late last year, he fell out of a hotel window in Atlanta and was later charged with marijuana possession, an incident that got him suspended from the Sugar Bowl. Zimmer runs a tight ship and unless team management is convinced that Nkemdiche is over all of that, he probably won’t be selected by the Vikings even if he is available.
Still, the first rule of the NFL Draft is always to expect the unexpected, so stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on this story!
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