Vikings select LSU DT Jaquelin Roy on Day 3

A short time after taking defensive back Jay Ward, the Minnesota Vikings turned to Baton Rouge again to pick LSU defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy in the fifth round with the 141st pick.

The Vikings traded up 17 spots to take Roy.

Both Ward and Roy will be reunited with former LSU defensive coordinator Daronte Jones, who coaches defensive backs in Minnesota. Roy was LSU’s fourth selection of the draft.

The Vikings are betting on Roy’s size and athleticism, which continually flashed in college even if there was a lack of consistency.

Roy declared early after arriving at LSU as a blue-chip recruit in 2020. He’s been a fixture on the defensive line the last two years and was one of the SEC’s most productive defensive tackles last fall.

Roy has drawn a few comparisons to Dalvin Tomlinson.

Despite being a fifth-round pick, being on the defensive line gives Roy a chance to earn a spot in a rotation.

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