Ohio State’s Jalyn Holmes didn’t have to wait long to hear his named called on the third day of the 2018 NFL draft.

The Minnesota Vikings made the 6-foot-5, 283-pound defensive end the second player taken in the fourth round, which began just past noon on Saturday. It was his possible versatility as a pro that intrigued the Vikings, and Holmes said he’s ready to do whatever it takes to play for his new team, even if it means playing defensive tackle.

“I think I could be that for the Vikings,” Holmes told reporters who cover Minneosta. “I could be whatever the Vikings need me for. … I feel like I could be a great D tackle.”

Holmes, who often referred to himself as “that other guy” in the ends playing rotation with the Buckeyes, became the third OSU defensive end taken in this draft. On Friday night Tyquan Lewis was the last player selected in the second round, by Indianapolis, and Sam Hubbard was selected in the third round by Cincinnati.

But what draft analysts liked about Holmes, the sixth OSU player taken in this draft, was his speed and that position flexibility, since he played several spots on the line for the Buckeyes and always was attacking up field.





The 16 Ohio State players in the NFL draft, and the ones who were picked:

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