Andre Dillard – OT
The Vikings actually could’ve had this impressive young tackle in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft, but they filled a bigger need by taking their current starting center, Garrett Bradbury.
Minnesota likely doesn’t have any regrets with their choice. But it is ironic because chances are high the Vikings’ first-round pick in the 2020 draft will be a left tackle.
Andre Dillard had an extremely impressive preseason with the Eagles this summer. After standing out in training camp, he was very good in his first live-action in preseason games. Dillard absolutely shut down the man he was lined up against and rarely allowed a pressure.
He plays with great technique and he has a good low center of gravity. It’s rare for a tackle prospect to look so good so early in his career. Dillard doesn’t currently start for the Eagles, as he’ll be the heir apparent to Jason Peters. But Philadelphia can rest assured the heir apparent is already on the roster.
The Vikings will likely be looking for a left tackle of the future in the 2020 NFL Draft. Riley Reiff has been about average and maybe even a hair below this season. His contract with Minnesota runs for a few more seasons, but he won’t be coming back after that even if he fulfills it.
The Vikings need to get his replacement on the roster sooner than later. If Minnesota had a guy like Dillard, not only would they have their future left tackle in house, they may also have their starter for the remainder of the 2019 season.