Vikings ink top draft choice

July 25, 2003 at 2:47 PM

MANKATO, Minn., July 25 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Vikings Friday signed Oklahoma State defensive tackle Kevin Williams, the ninth overall pick in the 2003 draft, to a five-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Williams will receive $12 million.

Last year, the Vikings had contentious negotiations with their first-round pick, Bryant McKinnie, prompting the left tackle to stage a 98-day holdout. McKinnie ended up missing the first eight games of the season.

On Draft Day, the Vikings were trying to work out a trade with Baltimore, but used more than their allotted time and watched Jacksonville and Carolina make selections.

However, no damage was done,

The 6-5, 304-pound Williams is expected to be an immediate starter alongside defensive tackle Chris Hovan. The four-year starter in college had 61 tackles, including 14 for losses, and seven sacks last season.

At Oklahoma State, he started 42 games in his career, and was a consensus All-Big 12 honoree as a senior in 2002.

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