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James Continues First-Round DL Trend

Erasmus James

Mike Tice has made a habit out of building the defense from the front back on draft day, and he continued selecting them this year, as Erasmus James becomes the third first-round defensive lineman selected by the Vikings in the last three years. Without James' injury history, the Vikings don't think they would have had the opportunity to select him at No. 18.

The sense of déjà vu was thick at Winter Park in the afternoon hours of Saturday. The sense that we had all been down this road before was headyheavy. But the similarities weren't just on one front. It was on two. In the Mike Tice Administration, there has been one constant throughtout his draft weekends – if he has a chance to take a defensive lineman he covets, he will. In 2003, it was...

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