For years, the Minnesota Vikings offensive line has been one of the worst in the NFL. They have made some good steps in trying to fix it but there are still a few pieces that they need to get to the average to above average area. I will focus on the top 3 tackles and guards.
According to WalterFootball.com, Jawaan Taylor (Florida) is the top tackle in the class. The big guy weighs 340 pounds and is 6’5. Teams are saying they love his combination of “size, movement and skill.” Greg Little (Ole Miss) is another option for the Vikings at tackle. He is 6’6 and comes in on the scale at 325 pounds. “He has good size, length and mobility.” There’s more belief that Little could be either really good or potentially be a bust. Cody Ford (Oklahoma) is very versatile as he could potentially play tackle or guard in the NFL. Ford weighs in at 335 and is 6’5. “He’s an outstanding athlete for his size.” He’s a big blocker but he is surprisingly light on his feet. Unfortunately he will likely be gone by pick number 18 but if he falls, the Vikings must pounce.
— d money 313 (@airdeemoney30) January 18, 2019
Others worth noting: Jonah Williams (Alabama, 6’5, 301), Dalton Risner (Kansas State, 6’5, 308)
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 24, 2019
At guard, Ford is considered the number one guard if you choose to play him there. Chris Lindstrom is pretty highly regarded in the offensive guard ranks too. He comes in on the scale at 310 pounds and is in the 6’3-6’4 range. He has “impressed coaches on the field (at the Senior Bowl) and on tape. He shows some quickness to the second level and is more athletic than one would think from the eye ball test.” There are two guards from Wisconsin that seem to be pretty well regarded too. Beau Benzschawel comes in at 6’6 and 315. He blocked really well in both 2016 and 2017 but has dealt with some injury issues. Michael Deiter is pretty similar in size at 6’6 and 310. Deiter has some flexibility to play tackle too but many people see him as a guard in the NFL. He has good size and pretty good athleticism for his size. He has been steady in pass protection and solid in run blocking as well.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 25, 2019
Other names worth noting: Martez Ivy (Florida, 6’5, 306), Terronne Prescod (NC State, 6’5, 334)
I can’t get enough of this NC State OL. It’s poetic.
We gotta talk about their LG (No. 70) Terronne Prescod though. Dudes nasty in the run game. pic.twitter.com/G5cKJeLK8S
— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) October 12, 2018
These are just a few options in the first couple of rounds for the Vikings and I also look for them to dig deeper in rounds 5-7 for some back-ups. If the Vikings can improve their offensive line, things should be looking up in 2019.
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