Vikings Draft 2019: Realistic three-round mock draft

(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images) Isaiah Johnson
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Cody Ford
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Cody Ford /

First Round

Cody Ford – G/T  (Oklahoma)

Ford is a guy that the Vikings have shown a great deal of interest this offseason. Minnesota met with the former Oklahoma offensive lineman both in private and at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

Despite his monstrous size (6-foot-4, 329 pounds), Ford is one of the most athletic blockers available in this year’s draft pool. He tested okay at the Combine in March, but he proved plenty of times at Oklahoma that he is a very talented offensive lineman.

Ford played tackle in college, but he has the skills to play on the inside as well. His versatility is something that the Vikings seem to look for in the prospects they go after in the draft.

With his ability to play on the interior, Minnesota could potentially insert Ford as their starting left guard for next season. Then if the Vikings decide to move on from Riley Reiff during the 2020 offseason, the team can easily shift Ford back to the outside at one of their tackle spots.

The former Oklahoma blocker figures to be available when it comes time for Minnesota to make their selection in the first round. So the Vikings can likely just stay put at pick No. 18 and let Ford fall into their lap.