Minnesota Vikings select former Virginia Tech player Christian Darrisaw with the 23rd pick in the NFL Draft

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CLEVELAND, OH (WFXR/AP) — Former Virginia Tech offensive lineman Christian Darrisaw was taken with the 23nd pick in the 1st round of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

They moved down nine spots with a familiar draft-night trade to stockpile more picks.

Darrisaw is a late-blooming, athletic blocker at 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds. He was a second team All-American in 2020 who can fill a significant need at left tackle after Riley Reiff was released.

The Vikings had the No. 14 spot on the board, which would have been their highest in six years. They sent it to the New York Jets with one of their four choices in the fourth round.

This is the second time a pair of Hokies football players was taken in the 1st round of the NFL Draft.

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