With their first selection on Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings decided to add another piece to their offensive line with guard Dru Samia.
Heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, it was pretty clear that the top need for the Minnesota Vikings was to improve their offensive line. The Vikings went with center Garrett Bradbury in the first round on Thursday and with their first selection on Saturday, Minnesota added another piece to their offensive line.
After trading up in the fourth round with the Seattle Seahawks to move up to pick No. 114, the Vikings went with former Oklahoma guard Dru Samia.
Ranked as the fifth-best interior offensive lineman by The Draft Network, Samia measures in at 6-foot-5, 305 pounds. He has experience in playing as both a tackle and a guard, but he spent the majority of his college career as Oklahoma’s starting right guard.
In 2018, Samia earned Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-Big 12 selections for his performance out on the field.
The former Oklahoma blocker will add some much-needed depth to the Minnesota offensive line. Behind adding a starting guard or center, finding more talent to play behind their starters was another important need the Vikings needed to fill during the 2019 NFL Draft.
Minnesota is clearly showing a commitment to improving their offense during this year’s draft, as each of their top four picks have all been players on the offensive side of the ball. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer may start to get antsy soon though if the team doesn’t add a defensive prospect with one of their next few selections.