6 potential Minnesota Vikings draft needs for 2020

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 23: Jerry Hughes #55 of the Buffalo Bills strips the ball out of the hands of Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 23, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Offensive Tackle

Riley Reiff was about average in 2018. He was one of the stronger elements of a Vikings offensive line that was very weak overall.

Though he was decent, he still had his fair share of struggles, especially with speed rushers who could bend and get around him. Reiff should bounce back in 2019 with better help next to him in Pat Elflein.

Elflein will be a huge upgrade over the garbage that was Tom Compton in 2018 and Reiff won’t have to feel like he will need to take care of both his and the left guard’s blocking assignment at the same time.

That being said, if Reiff does struggle again in 2019, then offensive tackle shoots way up Minnesota’s needs list for next year’s draft.

Reiff is 30-years-old and he has a very expensive contract. If his play is sub-par in 2019, the Vikings could look to just flat out cut him in the offseason. That could either open the door for Brian O’Neill to switch over from right tackle or for the team to look at a replacement for Reiff as early as the first round of the draft.

Even if Reiff does improve during the upcoming season, Minnesota is still very thin at offensive tackle. They have two solid starters and Rashod Hill is a decent backup. After that, things get thin quickly.

On their bench, the Vikings have an inexperienced veteran in Storm Norton who was undrafted coming out of college in 2017, and a sixth-round rookie in Oli Udoh. This team needs quality depth at the tackle position and they will need to take a big man in the first few rounds of the 2020 draft for sure.