5 players the Vikings should try to trade for before the deadline

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Larry Fitzgerald
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(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) Trent Williams
(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) Trent Williams /

Trent Williams – LT

So far this season, the Vikings’ offensive line has shown a lot of improvement compared to how the unit performed in 2018. However, they still have plenty of work to do before they are considered one of the NFL’s top group of blockers.

For Minnesota this year, the strength of the line has been on the right side. Brian O’Neill and Josh Kline have been playing very well this season, giving up minimal quarterback pressures and clearing holes for the Vikings’ explosive rushing attack.

The left side of Minnesota’s offensive line is where the majority of the concerns are. Pat Elflein’s switch to left guard hasn’t been going as great as the team had hoped and Riley Reiff’s regression from last year seems to have become even worse.

Current Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has yet to play in a game this season. Not because he’s injured though, but because he has zero desire to play for the Redskins.

Williams would be a great player for the Vikings to add to their current roster. Minnesota could make him their new left tackle and then use Reiff as depth for the remainder of the year.

What it would take to acquire Williams in a trade is the biggest question that many teams around the league are likely trying to figure out before the deadline at the end of the month. Washington is probably going to want at least a first-round draft pick in return and is that something the Vikings would be willing to part ways with?

If giving up their 2020 first-round draft selection meant acquiring a franchise left tackle, then convincing Minnesota to make a deal for Williams might not be so hard to do.