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Defensive Linemen Dominate Free Agency Primer's 1st Group

*The Vikings.com 2017 Free Agency Primer series uses NFL.com's Top 101 Free Agents list to break down this year's class. We will count down the groups of players until March 9 when free agency is scheduled to open. *

Schedule

1-10: Thursday, March 9
11-20: Wednesday, March 8
21-30: Tuesday, March 7
31-40: Monday, March 6
41-50: Sunday, March 5
51-60: Saturday, March 4
61-70: Friday, March 3
71-80: Thursday, March 2
81-90: Wednesday, March 1
91-101: Tuesday, Feb. 28

The free agents listed in the 91-101 range by NFL.com include a mix of younger players coming off rookie contracts and experienced veterans looking to continue their marks on the league. Of the 11 players listed, seven are defensive, including five defensive linemen. Three defensive end prospects include Minnesota native Karl Klug and NFC North rival Devin Taylor, who spent his first four seasons in Detroit. Defensive tackle Terrell McClain is a six-year player but turned heads for his breakout performance as a 15-game starter for the Cowboys last season.

On the offensive side of the ball, this section of the free agency list includes a pair of running backs in Christine Michael and veteran DeAngelo Williams.

91. WR Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals103 games/70 games started over seven seasons; LaFell has played for three teams, including two seasons with the Patriots during which he helped New England to a Super Bowl XLIX victory. Over his career, LaFell has recorded 342 catches for 4,715 yards and 26 touchdowns.

92. TE Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins164 games played/154 games started over 11 seasons; over his career, Davis has totaled 505 catches for 6,424 receiving yards and 57 touchdowns. Davis spent the majority of his career in San Francisco before having a stint with Denver in 2015 and playing the 2016 season in Washington. Davis is a two-time Pro Bowler (2009 and 2013).

93. RB Christine Michael, Green Bay Packers37 games/9 games started over four seasons; over his career, Michael has tallied 1,080 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 254 carries as well as contributing a single receiving touchdown. The running back spent his first two full seasons in Seattle before suiting up for two teams in both 2015 (Cowboys and Seahawks) and 2016 (Seahawks and Packers). Michael also spent a month in 2015 on Washington's practice squad.

94. RB DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers141 games/96 games started over 11 seasons; Williams has recorded 8,096 rushing yards and 61 touchdowns on 1,730 carries over his career. In addition, he has tallied 236 catches for 2,106 yards and nine scores through the air. Williams played nine seasons for the Panthers before spending the last two with the Steelers; in 2016, Williams averaged 42.9 rushing yards per game over eight games played.

95. DE Devin Taylor, Detroit Lions61 games/18 games started over four seasons; Taylor was drafted 132nd overall by the NFC North rival Lions in 2013. Since then, he has recorded 93 tackles (70 solo), 15.0 sacks, three passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a safety.

96. LB Malcolm Smith, Oakland Raiders88 games/46 games started over six seasons; over his career, Smith has totaled 358 tackles (269 solo), 6.0 sacks, 18 passes defended and nine forced fumbles. Smith helped the Seahawks to a Super Bowl XLVIII victory to cap off the 2013 season and was named the Super Bowl MVP after returning a Peyton Manning interception for a touchdown, recovering a fumble and making nine tackles.

97. DT Terrell McClain, Dallas Cowboys66 games/27 games started over six seasons; McClain has 89 tackles (58 solo), 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over his career McClain started all 12 games he played as a rookie for Carolina in 2011 and did not start a game again until 2016, when he started 15 games for the Cowboys in the most productive season of his career.

98. DE Karl Klug, Tennessee Titans94 games/7 games started over six seasons; over his career in Tennessee, Klug has totaled 110 tackles (74 solo), 20.0 sacks, eight passes defensed, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovered and returned for a touchdown. Klug, who shares the hometown of Caledonia, Minnesota, with Vikings wide receiver Isaac Fruechte, is coming off a torn Achilles tendon suffered in Week 15 of last season.

99. WR Ted Ginn, Carolina Panthers151 games/61 games started over 10 seasons; Ginn over a decade in the NFL has tallied 309 catches for 4,285 yards and 25 touchdowns in addition to two scores on the ground. Ginn was a first-round draft pick in 2007 and has also been heavily utilized as a return specialist. In 2016, Ginn returned 18 kickoffs for 391 yards and 29 punts for 202 yards; he did not make any returns for a touchdown.

100. DE Chris Long, New England Patriots130 games/102 games started over nine seasons; over his career, Long has recorded 282 tackles (217 solo), 58.5 sacks, 11 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown. Long spent eight seasons with the Rams before playing for New England in 2016, during which he led the Patriots defense in snaps and quarterback pressures and helped them to a Super Bowl LI victory.

101. DE William Gholston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers57 games/36 games started over four seasons; Gholston, who will be coming off his rookie contract, has tallied 189 tackles (126 solo), 10.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during his time in Tampa Bay.

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