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Everett Dawkins recorded 26 tackles, 1.5 for loss, and .5 sack in 2012.
The Vikings' defensive tackle depth chart has at least five names ahead of Everett Dawkins: Kevin Williams, Letroy Guion, Fred Evans, Sharrif Floyd and Christian Ballard.
Then, it may be Everett Dawkins.
There was a reason Dawkins was a seventh-round pick. He's not expected to be an impact defensive tackle and he will struggle to make the roster.
"He was a little but undersized but a very quick up-field, one-gap penetrator," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told the Star Tribune. "He was the highest rated guy on our board at the time and felt he was just too good of a player not to draft and to pass up."
Translation: He's a pass-rushing tackle whom the Vikings didn't think they needed but was too good to pass up.
As Spielman said, at 6'2" and 292 pounds, he will need to add significant bulk to stand a chance on the interior of a defensive line. But he has skills as a pass-rusher, which Minnesota's defensive tackle group lacks (outside of Floyd).
In addition to bulking up, he'll need a very strong showing in training camp to make the roster.
An NFL.com scouting report says he needs to get stronger and play under control to make it in the NFL.
Projection: Five tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss (if he makes the roster)