The NFL draft is this Thursday though Saturday and we are here to get you prepared for the festivities and the Minnesota Vikings picks with our Draft Prep Series.
The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to pick at number 30 in this year’s NFL draft but the million dollar question is who will they take? A glaring need at interior offensive line leads most experts to believe they will use a pick to address that need in the early rounds. If they do go with an O-lineman, here are some possibilities that might be available late in the first round.
Billy Price, G/C, Ohio State
Price has all of the characteristics Rick Spielman seems to be looking for in offensive lineman over the past several seasons, specifically, positional flexibility. Price started all four years and played at LG, RG and Center during his time at Ohio State. He is currently the number two Center in the draft, according to Pro Football Focus. A pectoral injury at the combine may hurt his positioning here.
Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
Hernandez is a very large human being at 6’3″ 330 lbs and was a dominant force against lower competition in Conference USA. Has the highest grade ever given to a Guard by Pro Football Focus in 2016 and is a step in and start type of prospect. The Vikings could benefit greatly from picking Hernandez in the first round.
Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
Ragnow is a Minnesota native and grew up with his bedroom painted purple and gold. Is there a more obvious pick for the Vikings? Unfortunately, Ragnow and his talents are not a secret and his stock has been steadily rising over the past several weeks, making it likely that he gets drafted before the Vikings pick at 30.
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
This is a reach, as McGlinchey will most likely be taken in this draft well before the Vikings pick at 30. However, if there is a run on Quarterbacks early, and there very well could be, McGlinchey could drop to the 20-25 range and the Vikings would be lucky to move up and get the best Tackle in this draft, according to Pro Football Focus.