Cody Ford (Oklahoma)
Cody Ford has been a hot name when it comes to the Vikings and their round one selection this year.
Not only does he have the huge size you want in a big man (6-foot-4, 330 pounds), but he also has the strength and smarts to go along with it. Ford is another prospect that has the ability to play both tackle and guard. But again, many see him making his biggest impact in the NFL at guard.
It isn’t often you see an offensive lineman like Ford come along who has his size and athleticism to go with it. He has shown he is up to any challenge and he often comes out on top against opposing defensive lineman.
While he will most likely play guard early in his NFL career, he does have the ability and talent to eventually move out to tackle if needed. This could be very attractive to a team like Minnesota that has a guy like Riley Reiff who could be gone in 2020.
When it comes to the most realistic first-round guard options this year, Ford is the guy. As of now, everyone expects the big name tackles like Jawaan Taylor, Jonah Williams, and Andre Dillard to be off the board at pick No. 18, which could help a guy as talented as Ford to fall to the Vikings.
Snagging the former Oklahoma blocker would be a great value pick and Minnesota would be looking at a great start in improving a sub-par offensive line.