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THE PICK IS IN: Minnesota Vikings Trade Up For OL Dru Samia in Fourth Round

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The Minnesota Vikings got a second offensive lineman early in Saturday’s fourth round, switching fourths and giving up a sixth-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for Oklahoma’s Dru Samia.

Here’s what we compiled about Samia in our Zone Coverage Draft Guide.

Another one of the Oklahoma Sooners’ road-graters on one of college football’s most star-studded offensive lines, Dru Samia enters the draft as a guard with the potential to bounce outside to tackle, where he played as a freshman and some as a sophomore. Samia contributed all four years at Oklahoma, blocking for quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray and amassing over 3,300 snaps.

He reduced his hurries allowed from 27 as a freshman to 18 as a junior to nine as a senior, and he didn’t allow a sack in two of four seasons. Earned second-team All-American honors in 2018. Considered a vocal presence that could enhance the personality of an offensive line group.

Size

6-5, 305 pounds

Combine notables

40-yard dash: 5.29 seconds (6th slowest at position)
Bench: 28 reps
Vertical: 27.5 inches
Broad jump: 101 inches (7th worst at position)
20-yard shuttle: 4.7 seconds

What the analysts say

“Vocal leader who has cut his teeth with an Oklahoma offensive line that has dripped with aggression and attitude during his four years as a starter. Samia is a loose-limbed, athletic guard whose foot quickness and second-level agility make him much more attractive as a move guard rather than a base-blocking option. His length and movement skills are a big plus, but issues with core strength and body control at the point of attack must be improved in order to survive against NFL power.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

“A four-year starter for the Sooners, Samia spent his freshman season at tackle but played the final three years at guard where he projects best to the next level. Samia excels as a zone blocker that knows how to take advantage of angles and connect in space to create space for his running backs. He has good functional strength and a stout anchor. With that said, playing with consistent leverage, improving his hand technique and keeping his feet and upper body synced up is necessary for him to find success in the NFL.” – Joe Marino, The Draft Network

What PFF says

-Top 25 percent in pass-blocking efficiency
-0 sacks allowed in 2018
-30th in run-block success percentage

Chart via Pro Football Focus Draft Guide

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