Vikings Trade Up to the 141st Overall Pick and Select LSU NT Jaquelin Roy

Apr 17, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Garrett Nussmeier (5) is sacked by LSU Tigers defensive lineman Jaquelin Roy (99) during the second half of the annual Purple and White spring game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Just minutes after trading down from the 119th overall pick to take DB Jay Ward at No. 134, the Minnesota Vikings have decided to move back up the draft board, swinging a deal with the Indianapolis Colts to take over the 141st overall pick. In exchange, the Colts have received picks 158 and 211 from the Vikings.

With that 141st pick, the Vikings selected LSU NT Jaquelin Roy, a run-stopping force in the middle of the defensive line who has one of the best motors in the class at the position. By making this selection, Minnesota finally addresses their need on the interior defensive line.

Vikings Trade Up to the 141st Overall Pick and Select LSU NT Jaquelin Roy
Mar 2, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State defensive lineman Jaquelin Roy (DL14) participates in the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After losing Dalvin Tomlinson in free agency, they don’t have a great run-stopping presence in the middle anymore, but Roy can be the wrecking ball that fills that need, at least in a rotational role. The LSU product is an outstanding pick, and one of the choices that was part of our predictive mock draft earlier in the week.

Auburn Tigers quarterback Robby Ashford (9) tries to escape from LSU Tigers defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy (99) as the Auburn Tigers take on the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Aulsu33

This is the fourth selection for the Vikings in this draft after picking WR Jordan Addison with the 23rd overall pick, CB Mekhi Blackmon with the 102nd overall pick, and Ward with the 134th overall pick. Like Ward, the Blackmon pick was made via another trade down from No. 87 with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Vikings still have picks 164 and 222 remaining this afternoon.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.