5 offensive tackles the Vikings could select in the 2019 NFL Draft
By Nik Edlund
Jonah Williams (Alabama)
This is the target for the Vikings with the 18th pick in the first round. Williams is the guy who would be the biggest value for Minnesota at their biggest position of need that could potentially be available when they go on the clock in round one.
Williams measures in at 6-foot-4 and 302 pounds with 33 and 5/8 inch arms and huge 10 and 1/8 ince paws. He has a good blend of power and athleticism and he has a very refined technique. He played in the SEC for many years, so he’s faced the best college football could throw at him week after week.
If the Vikings are fortunate enough to land Williams at pick No. 18 this year, the dilemma (and it’s a good dilemma to have) becomes where to play him. Many scouts believe this guy could be a perennial Pro Bowler if placed at guard. He played left tackle during his time in college with the Crimson Tide and he’s made it quite clear that’s where he thinks he can play in the NFL.
It’s hard to speculate what Minnesota would do. The Vikings would need to determine who they think would have the easiest transition to guard, between Reiff and Williams.
If Minnesota truly views Williams as their left tackle of the future, then they may move Reiff inside knowing he’s only got a few years left on his contract and is getting up there in age.
Whatever the Vikings decide to do, there is no question that landing Williams will make their offensive line light years better than it was a year ago, no matter if he ends up at tackle or guard.