What The Experts Have to Say About Wyatt Davis and Patrick Jones, The Minnesota Vikings’ Third Round Selections (pt. 3 &4)

In the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, The Minnesota Vikings have selected Wyatt Davis and Patrick Jones. Here is what the experts have to say.

Wyatt Davis

The Draft Network – 48th Prospect

“Wyatt Davis projects well as a starting right guard at the NFL level and it should not take him very long to work himself into that role. Davis should be expected to claim a starting role during his rookie season in the NFL — thanks in large part to impressive NFL bloodlines and the mauling presence up front that will help create ample space in the run game. Davis is at his best on inside zone where his blend of lateral mobility and functional power can combine to push and uproot defenders at the point of attack to create gaping lanes for his ball carriers. Davis is a multi-year starter with the Buckeyes and although his play peaked in 2019, there’s a clear and obvious ceiling with Davis’ game that would make him a game changing presence up front along an NFL offensive line. Teams who implement more frequent outside zone concepts will need to provide some added focus to securing and sustaining blocks after first contact if they hope to unlock the best of what Davis has to offer — but a large part of his appeal is that he’s got the physical tools to execute any kinds of concepts at a high level. Teams who love maulers are going to find him hard to ignore.”

The Athletic – 63rd Prospect

“In pass protection and as a run blocker, Davis is quick to get the upper hand due to his striking power, body control and competitive nature. While his physical appetite is a strength, he can be too eager to initiate contact without getting his feet underneath him, leaving him off-balance and on the ground. Overall, Davis must play under control and improve his snap-to-snap consistency, but his forceful hands, powerful anchor and finishing skills are NFL-ready. He projects as a guard who will compete for immediate snaps.”

TVG‘s Instant Reaction:

A good draft is all about marrying need and value. Choosing Davis in the third round does precisely this. He is a front runner for a starting guard position. A lot of the chatter seems to be LG, but I’m thinking Ezra Cleveland may get moved to the left side. If this happens, Davis should be penciled in as the team’s starting RG. Really nice work here from Spielman & Friends.

Patrick Jones

The Draft Network – 111th Prospect

“Jones II is a balanced defender, capable of making an impact as a pass rusher and run defender but he doesn’t offer much in the way of scheme-versatility—he’s a 4-3 defensive end with almost no experience in a standup role, dropping in coverage, or playing on the interior. As a pass rusher, Jones II is hard-charging out of his stance and brings a good variety of moves to the table. He’s a smart run defender that competes for his gap, processes quickly, and understands how to counter blocks. The concerns with Jones II entering the next level is his lean frame, modest length, and the need to continue developing his hand technique. Jones II has the upside to start in the NFL and command a majority of the snaps in an even front defense.”  

The Athletic – 116th Prospect

“A pin-your-ears-back rusher, Jones plays his tail off and when he finds a pursuit/rush lane, it is like a bull seeing red. However, he is an “all gas, no brakes” type of player, which is both a compliment (speed, effort) and a concern (inconsistent handwork, over-running plays). Overall, Jones is a linear rusher who needs to be more efficient with his plan of attack and execution, but his length, burst and mindset are encouraging foundation traits. He projects as a potential NFL starter in a 4-3 base.”

TVG’s Instant Reaction:

Even though Minnesota added a lot of talent along the defensive line, it always seemed likely that they’d bring in at least one d-lineman in the draft (don’t be surprised if they choose a DT on Day 3). Jones will compete with Stephen Weatherly and D.J. Wonnum for rotational snaps at defensive end. He’ll likely struggle to get onto the field as a rookie.

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