Welcome to draft week.
The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. (CT) Thursday in Dallas. The second and third rounds will be held on Friday and begin at 6 p.m. (CT). Round 4 will start at 11 a.m. (CT) Saturday and be followed by Rounds 5-7.
The Vikings currently have eight selections in the draft, beginning with the 30th overall pick.
Vikings.com is taking a glance at the top prospects at each position leading up to the draft.
April 17: Running backs
April 22: Defensive tackles
April 23: Defensive ends
April 24: Linebackers
April 25: Cornerbacks
April 26: Safeties
Where the Vikings Stand
Everson Griffen is back after three consecutive Pro Bowl seasons. Griffen has started all 62 of the games he has played in the past four seasons and totaled 43.5 sacks in that span. Griffen totaled a career-best 13 sacks in 2017, a total that was fueled by an eight-game streak with at least one sack. Danielle Hunter performed well against the run and recorded 7.0 sacks in 2017, his third pro season and first as a starter after receiving the torch from Brian Robison, who rotated at defensive end and kicked inside as a nickel interior rusher. Stephen Weatherly, a seventh-round pick in 2016, and 2017 undrafted free agent Tashawn Bower could have increased opportunities this fall.
Total number of defensive ends drafted: 113
Round 1: 16
Round 2: 16
Round 3: 19
Round 4: 14
Round 5: 17
Round 6: 12
Round 7: 19
A total of 32 defensive ends were drafted in 2013, which was by far the most of any of the past five drafts. The past four drafts have had 21, 21, 19 and 20 defensive ends selected.
After just six defensive ends came off the board in first rounds from 2014-16, there were six selected on 2017’s opening night.
A defensive end/edge rusher has been selected within the first three picks in each of the past five drafts: Dion Jordan (third overall in 2013), Jadeveon Clowney (first overall in 2014), Dante Fowler (third overall in 2015), Joey Bosa (third overall in 2016) and Myles Garrett (first overall in 2017).
Note: The CBS Sports rankings include players classified as defensive ends and as edge rushers by NFL.com.
1. Bradley Chubb
N.C. State, Senior, 6-foot-4, 269 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds (eighth among defensive linemen and edge rushers)
Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds
Vertical jump: 36 inches (tied for fourth among defensive linemen and edge rushers)
Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inch (tied for eighth among defensive linemen and edge rushers)
3-cone drill: 7.37 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.41 seconds
2017 stats: 73 tackles (40 solo), 26 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, two pass breakups, three forced fumbles in 12 games; ranked seventh in FBS in sacks per game (0.83) and second in tackles for loss (2.2); First-Team All-American and All-ACC selection; won…