Michael Jordan – G/C (Ohio State)
I could easily see the Vikings double dipping at offensive line during the first four rounds of this year’s draft. Everyone knows how great Minnesota’s need is up front and the 2019 class just so happens to be thick with talent that is expected to be available within the first four rounds.
Looking at the Vikings’ current depth chart and their 2019 free-agents along the offensive line, one will quickly realize why Minnesota should be expected to take more than one offensive lineman during this year’s draft.
With Tom Compton, Nick Easton, and Brett Jones all headed to free agency this offseason, and likely little interest from the Vikings to bring them back, the team’s front office has some work to do.
What I love about Jordan is that he has proven that he not only has the versatility to play both guard and center, but he plays both positions at a high level. He could offer Minnesota the depth along the offensive line that they were hoping for with Easton last season before his injury. So while the Vikings would most likely look to Jordan as a guard, he would add needed depth at center as well.
At 6-foot-6, 312 pounds, he has been a key component to the Ohio State Buckeyes’ success during the past three years. Jordan has been a starter since his freshman year and he has proven to be one of the best at his position. Some were surprised that he opted to declare for the 2019 draft, but he is still more than worthy of a third-round selection.
So while the former Ohio State big-man might not be as NFL ready as Lindstrom, he too could eventually be a guy that could help anchor Minnesota’s offensive line for years to come.