Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Letroy Guion does not get the attention some of his defensive linemates get, so it’s easy to overlook the fact he started 15 regular season games at nose tackle for the team last season, finishing with 31 total tackles and two sacks.
Guion played just nine games over his first two seasons after being drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round in 2008, but his role has steadily increased since that point. He had two sacks in limited action in 2010, started three games (two in place of a suspended Kevin Williams) in 2011 and then moved over to nose tackle last season.
Guion signed a three-year, $9 million contract prior to last season, so his roster spot is secure barring something unforeseen. But Fred Evans appears to be a favorite of the Vikings’ coaching staff as well as general manager Rick Spielman, and a training camp battle for the starting job is coming. Evans did play a bit more after Guion suffered a turf toe injury around midseason last year, and it can be said his upside is much better than Guion’s right now.
Guion’s experience playing the three-technique adds to his value along the Vikings’ interior defensive line, even if he does not put together a strong enough showing during camp and preseason games to keep his starting job. But if Evans relegates him to second-string during the preseason, and rookie Sharrif Floyd sees action at nose tackle in passing situations once the regular season starts, Guion could quickly fall out of the defensive tackle rotation for Minnesota.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.