4 draft prospects that could help Kirk Cousins perform better in 2019

(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Cody Ford
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Cody Ford /

Cody Ford – G/T (Oklahoma)

Essential to the success of Kirk Cousins in 2019 is obviously his ability to stay upright while he’s out on the field. During Cousins’ first season with the Vikings, he was seen running for his life more often than not thanks to the team’s underwhelming offensive line.

Improving their offensive line is a major need for Minnesota heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, as it should be. It has actually been a problem for the majority of Mike Zimmer’s tenure as the Vikings’ head coach and it’s about time the team buckles down and makes a legitimate attempt to fix it.

Adding Ford in this year’s draft would certainly be a step in the right direction. He’s a big dude (6-foot-4, 329 pounds) who has the capability to line up as a guard or a tackle in the NFL.

With Minnesota still in need of a starting left guard for 2019, Ford could be their guy. He could step in and line up at left guard next season and he could then possibly move outside to play tackle if the Vikings decide to part ways with Riley Reiff in 2020.

Versatility and athleticism seem to be two of the top traits Minnesota looks for in their offensive linemen. Luckily for the Vikings, Ford possesses both of these.