Brandon Brooks – OG
The Vikings revamped their offensive line this offseason and the results have been hit or miss this so far season.
The biggest issues are on the left side with both Riley Reiff and Pat Elflein struggling in pass protection. Elflein has been especially bad this year, getting pushed around and sometimes just letting guys blow right past him.
He needs to play more consistently if he’s going to remain the starter and help Minnesota win games this season. That’s why a solid and experienced veteran like Brandon Brooks would be so welcome on this line.
Brooks is a 6-foot-5, 330-pound man wall. He is very experienced having started 95 games in his NFL career and he is a big ol’ road grader type who can open up wide lanes in the running game. He is no slouch in pass protection and would be a major upgrade over Eflein in this area.
Brooks currently plays right guard for the Eagles, so the question would be where to put him on the Vikings’ current offensive line.
Josh Kline has been very good for Minnesota at right guard this season and the team may not want to move him. That would force Brooks to play on the left side which could lead to a period of adjustment for the wily old veteran. But he’d still be a huge improvement over Elflein.
The Vikings’ line as a whole would be much better and deeper with Brooks. Kirk Cousins would certainly feel much more protected with this giant blocking for him.