Would Christian Darrisaw Be a Reach at 14?
By John Tuvey - Apr 6, 2021
The Vikings appear to be waiting until draft day to address the team’s biggest need, and as we drift later into mock draft season another name is being more frequently linked to Minnesota. What could Christian Darrisaw bring to the Vikings’ offensive line?
What Is Actually Worth More: Mason Cole Or A 6th Round Pick?
By John Tuvey - Mar 30, 2021
On the blockbuster scale it was a trade that barely scuffed one of those little one-peg Lego pieces, but the Vikings did acquire an offensive lineman this season. Will Minnesota be better served adding Mason Cole to the mix or should they have held on to the late sixth-round selection and used the pick on an offensive lineman after 30 or so have already gone off the board?
Looking For O-Line Gems On the Day 3 Scrap Heap
By John Tuvey - Mar 23, 2021
Reaching the acceptance stage of the ramp-up to the Vikings’ 2021 draft means acknowledging that any offensive line upgrades will likely have to be mined from the Day 3 scrap heap. With that in mind, here are three of the more palatable options for an upgrade (or three) over the 130th-ranked guard in the NFL.
The Guard with Big Upside Minnesota Should Take a Draft Chance On
By John Tuvey - Mar 16, 2021
The Vikings’ blueprint for drafting offensive linemen tends towards athletic and—at least by NFL standards—smaller. Using a Day 2 pick on Alabama’s Deonte Brown would definitely be zagging where Minnesota has zigged previously, but he’d also provide an anchor in pass protection with surprisingly sweet feet for a 350-pounder—and more than fill a gaping hole at guard.
Alijah Vera-Tucker is Purple Rain for Minnesota’s Guard Drought
By John Tuvey - Mar 10, 2021
Rashawn Slater may have Pro Day'd his way out of the Vikings' grasp at 14, but all is not lost. Alijah Vera-Tucker should still be on the board, filling the Vikings' glaring need and giving Minnesota its first Pro Bowl-caliber guard since Steve Hutchinson headed to Canton.
The Vikings Have To Take Rashawn Slater If He’s There at 14
By John Tuvey - Mar 2, 2021
So many different things can happen along the way to the Vikings’ 14th overall pick (and beyond) there isn’t a one-size-fits-all breakdown of what Minnesota might do on draft day. Here's a version of the Vikings 2021 "build your own draft-day adventure" that leads to selecting Rashawn Slater to upgrade the offensive line.
Minnesota Missed an Opportunity to Try Out 2021 O-Line Prospects in Detroit
By John Tuvey - Jan 5, 2021
Like many of the weeks before it, Week 17 was yet another missed opportunity for the Vikings. Now Minnesota heads into the offseason with one big question mark and several more little ones as the Vikings once again devote time and effort—and hopefully resources—to upgrading the offensive line.
The O-Line Was Abysmal from Start to Finish Against Chicago
By John Tuvey - Dec 22, 2020
The Vikings’ offensive line was abysmal from the first snap to the last against Chicago, leaving Minnesota on the outside looking in at the NFL’s expanded playoff picture. It’s not necessarily time to bail on the 2020 season, but playing out the string should provide an opportunity for examining guard options that don’t share a name with a neighboring state or two.
Stunts and Twists Doom Vikings O-Line in Tampa
By John Tuvey - Dec 15, 2020
Many, many things went wrong for the Vikings in Tampa on Sunday, and while it’s easy—and incredibly GIF-friendly on social media—to direct the bulk of the blame towards the kicking game or the officiating, the offensive line should earn at least as much if not more of the fans’ collective ire.
Ben Bartch Could Have Solved the Vikings Guard Issues
By John Tuvey - Dec 9, 2020
The potential solution to Minnesota’s long-time guard issues was on the field Sunday. Unfortunately for Vikings fans, he was wearing a Jaguars uniform. Seeing Ben Bartch ply his trade on the same field where Dakota Dozier’s struggles continued brough up not only a series case of what might have been, it also demonstrates that the Vikings needn’t settle for a placeholder at guard.
Brett Jones is Providing Short-Term Salvation at Right Guard
By John Tuvey - Dec 1, 2020
Brett Jones is the Vikings’ fourth attempt at filling their troublesome right guard spot, and according to both PFF’s numbers and the eye test he’s succeeding. Jones’ ability to anchor and understanding of double-teams for the time being outweighs his struggles at the second level, and while he may not be the long-term answer at the position he’s played well enough to ensure he won’t be heading back to the practice squad.
Riley Reiff is Succeeding in Gary Kubiak’s System
By John Tuvey - Nov 10, 2020
Perhaps overlooked as the NFL trade deadline expired with minimal fanfare or player movement was the fact that Riley Reiff remained a Viking. Among those most happy by Reiff staying put: Dalvin Cook and Kirk Cousins, because Reiff is doing things that are helping the Vikings salvage the season and — for better or worse— maybe even force their way into the playoff conversation.