5 Minnesota Vikings storylines to watch during the 2019 NFL Draft

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(Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) Chris Lindstrom
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How will the Vikings bolster their offensive line?

At the top of the Vikings’ priority list this weekend will be filling the holes on their offensive line. We’ve already talked about some of the prospects that could be available in the first round, but this draft also possesses quality prospects in the later rounds that could fill a starting spot on the offensive line and add quality depth.

The sweet spot of this year’s offensive line class may lie from where the Vikings stand at the 18th overall pick to about the 100th pick in the draft. Guys like Chris Lindstrom, Dalton Risner, and Erik McCoy would be great gets for Minnesota in the second round. But there are also guys such as Dru Samia and Michael Deiter that could be available when the Vikings enter the third round.

Even deeper picks such as Northern Illinois’ Max Scharping, Notre Dame’s Alex Bars and University of Sioux Falls’ Trey Pipkins would be intriguing pickups late in the draft as either depth or long-term projects.

So far, the Vikings’ top addition to their offensive line this year has been Tennessee Titans castoff Josh Kline. And after struggling in the second half of last season, there are plenty of questions surrounding how much of an upgrade Kline will actually be in 2019.

With questions still needing to be answered, Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman must come away with at least two quality linemen for this draft class to be a success.