Vikings' pick at No. 229: Florida State defensive tackle Everett Dawkins
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings completed the NFL draft by taking defensive tackle Everett Dawkins from Florida State with their third pick of the seventh round.
Dawkins, who is 6-foot-2, 292 pounds, will join Florida State teammate Xavier Rhodes, a cornerback who was taken by the Vikings with their second pick in the opening round.
Dawkins started 41 of 57 games at Florida State, including 27 at left defensive tackle, seven at right defensive tackle and seven at nose guard. He finished his career with 106 tackles, seven sacks and 15 tackles for loss. He caused one fumble, deflected four passes and intercepted a pass.
"I'm glad they pulled the trigger one me and I definitely will make sure that they didn't make the wrong choice," Dawkins said of the Vikings.
Last season, Dawkins started all 14 games at left defensive tackle, finishing with 26 tackles and an assist on a sack. He said he played the 3-technique in a 4-3 defense.
Dawkins said that at times he played out of position and that was frustrating because it helped lead to his slide to the seventh round. "I can go back to my old ways of playing and just get up the field," he said.
Dawkins, who was projected to be a fifth- or sixth-round pick, arrived at Florida State at about 240 pounds but then got up to 315 pounds as a senior. He was able to lose weight before the Senior Bowl and is now at a far more ideal weight.