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Minnesota Vikings draft analysis: Shamar Stephen

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Position: Defensive Tackle

Number: 93

College: Connecticut

Height: 6-5

Weight: 310

2014 Statistics: 60 total tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 1 pass defensed, 1 quarterback hurry

My analysis: He gets a good push up the middle. He keeps his feet moving and works his way to the ball. He is going to take up blockers as a space eater. With added good weight and strength, he has the makings to be a great nose tackle in head coach Mike Zimmer’s scheme.’s Nolan Nawrocki’s analysis: Big, athletic, raw interior defender with underachiever traits who had a fairly nondescript career at UConn, but made crude physical tools for a defensive line coach to mold. Developmental prospect who potentially fits in a 4-3 or as a 3-4 five-technique.

The skinny: Stephen gives the Vikings another high-upside defensive tackle in the rotation. He is likely going to be battling Chase Baker, Tom Johnson and Kheeston Randall for a spot in the rotation behind Fred Evans, Sharrif Floyd and Linval Joseph.


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