Michael Deiter – OT (Wisconsin)
There are a few things I like from Wisconsin; cheese, Spotted Cow Beer, Lake Nebagamon, and the big beefy NFL offensive lineman they produce.
Deiter is the best of all the Wisconsin offensive linemen who are in this year’s draft pool and one the Vikings should look to snap up if he’s available in the third round.
Minnesota seems to be set at offensive tackle for 2019 with their starters, but their depth behind Riley Reiff and Brian O’Neil is very thin. Rashod Hill recently signed his tender, so he’ll be back. But he’s really all the depth there is at this point for the Vikings.
Deiter is 6-foot-5, 309 pounds, and he is strong, physical, and mean. He is quick out of his stance, he gets his mitts on his defender in a hurry, and he then uses his impressive power to drive his opponent out of the running lane. Deiter also has quick feet and moves pretty well for being so big.
The question on Deiter is what position he will end up playing in the NFL. This guy played left tackle, guard, and center during his reign at Wisconsin. For the Vikings, that’s a good problem to have as they need depth at all of those positions.
So while Deiter may not be a true tackle at the next level, he would be a solid value in round three for Minnesota and he could start out his NFL career as a swing lineman who can backup all the positions.