With the 117th pick in the NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected South Carolina defensive end D.J. Wonnum out of South Carolina.
In his four seasons at South Carolina, Wonnum played in 41 games, playing in 11 as both a freshman and a sophomore. As a junior, Wonnum only played in four games but returned for 11 games as a senior.
Over his time at South Carolina, Wonnum amassed 137 tackles and 14 sacks. His 13 TFL in 2017 was good for eighth in the SEC, Wonnum’s senior season saw him snag his first interception but outside of that, was a let down as Wonnum only made 37 tackles but made 4.5 sacks.
In their upset over Georgia, Wonnum had six tackles and 0.5 sacks.
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Wonnum has experience playing standing or with a hand down but is best suited as a rush linebacker in a 3-4. He’s not a premium pass rusher but possesses desirable length and slippery body turn to create pressure with secondary rush effort or when activated in a twisting front. He carries decent core strength but might always struggle as a run defender due to below-average bend. His lack of speed and suddenness could work against him and his ceiling might be as a good backup with rotational potential off the edge.- Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
The Vikings are a good spot for Wonnum, who will probably end up on special teams. If Wonnum avoids injuries, he could be a steal for Minnesota.