The Minnesota Vikings return just one starting defensive end, but the position group is deeper than it has been. Brian Robison returns as the leading candidate to start at left defensive end. The team re-signed freakish athlete Everson Griffen to starting money and added Corey Wootton to rotation mix.
With Jared Allen no longer on the roster, it is finally time to see what Griffen can do with more than spot duty repetitions. Wootton is long and strong. He is effective as both a run stopper and pass rusher.
The other two defensive ends on the roster are inexperienced young veterans Spencer Nealy and Justin Trattou. Both have been on and off the roster.
The Vikings may not have a high priority on taking a defensive end in the draft, but are in position to take the best available with each of their picks. Here are the top five defensive ends as well as an underrated, an overrated and a sleeper prospect.