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Followers of the Minnesota Vikings are abnormally high in the team’s offensive line in 2021. But the rest of the world is not. At least those outsiders who are not Vikings are taking a wait and see attitude.
In the 2021 NFL Draft, general manager Rick Spielman reclaimed nine spots with his # 14 overall pick, a move that still managed to secure left tackle for Christian Darrisow and later defender Kellen Mond plus striker Wyatt Davis.
Boom. As such, Minnesota owns an organically grown attacking line, all picks are NFL Draft picks since 2018 with Round 2 Draft Capital or higher. Indeed, the attack line should be composed of (LT) Christian Darrisow, (LG) Ezra Cleveland, (C) Garrett Bradbury, (RG) Wyatt Davis and (RT) Sooner or Late Brian O’Neill.
Under head coach Mike Zimmer’s leadership, the Vikings feature one to three pieces in the attacking line most of the seasons, which are initial commodities – with a couple of guys who best serve as reserve players. This has been fully demonstrated in 2020 by security guards such as Drew Samia, Dakota Dozier, and Pat Elfline.
As well as probably that’s why Professional soccer focus rated the 2021 Vikings’ offensive line as the seventh worst in business at the moment. PFF rated all NFL teams on offensive line competenceand Minnesota ranked 26th. PFFSteve Palazzolo wrote about the Viking offensive trenches:
Right Tackle Brian O’Neill was Minnesota’s most consistent lineman with an overall score of 78.0, making him 24th in tackles. He is a smooth zone blocker who finished 8th in running block last season (83.7). The interior is where the Vikings had their problems, especially with the protection of the passageways. Center Garrett Bradbury is a prime example – he was much better in a running game, but ranked last and penultimate in the list of blocking centers in his two seasons in the NFL. Ezra Cleveland started with a right-back on the site and will be there again in 2021. Cleveland performed just like Bradbury, receiving a solid 67.5 in blocking but only 52.0 in pass defense. The left-back has two options: Mason Cole and third-back Wyatt Davis. Cole has two full seasons under his belt, but both were in the center. He received 53.6 points in 2018 and 54.4 points last year. Davis was injured in 2020 in Ohio, but after performing in 2019, he looked like one of the best defenders in the draft. This season, the Vikings’ offensive line has a new look, and a unit’s ability to move up the rankings may depend on two newcomers and one second-year player. “
Teams with worse OL units than Vikings at the moment?
- Chicago Bears (27)
- New York Jets (28)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (29)
- Miami Dolphins (30)
- Carolina Panthers (31st)
- New York Giants (last)
A suitable offensive line is the last line for the Vikings, led by Mike Zimmer. Well, the kicker spot can also have some stability.
It seems that each season the Vikings combine a lane of attack that is scattered and inadequate for a true Super Bowl contender. From year to year, this line has been canceling out violation, often at decisive moments of the season. Watch: NFC 2019 Divisional Game vs. San Francisco 49ers.
Wyatt Davis is highly anticipated as he becomes a key player at the start of the 2021 season. Most reasonable people think Christian Darrisow will start his first week in Cincinnati. However, as of June, Davis has not been sentenced. In any case, Darrisow’s mere presence – with a man like Davis “on the way” – ensures that the line of attack feels closer to a solution for the first time in a decade.
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