This isn’t a ringing endorsement of Garrett Bradbury. The guy did have more than his fair share of struggles in his rookie season, especially in pass protection. There were times he was getting run right over and he gave little resistance to the man who lined up over him.
While his pass protection still needs work, his run blocking in 2019 was very solid. Bradbury has great athletic ability and he gets out of his stance in a hurry. He was able to get down the field many times and make blocks that added extra yardage to runs by Dalvin Cook and company.
Bradbury will go into the 2020 season as the team’s starting center. But beyond that, nothing should be guaranteed. It’s very probable that Minnesota’s coaching staff will give him a ringing endorsement in public this offseason. But behind closed doors, they could have some worries about their 2019 first-round choice.
The Vikings will keep that poker face on and they will not draft a center this April. They will be prideful and not want to give anyone the impression they think they made a mistake by using the 18th overall pick on Bradbury a year ago.
If Minnesota does draft an interior lineman, even one who could play center, the team will likely announce him as a guard.
There should be some concerns with Bradbury after year one, but chances are strong he gets much better in pass protection and is the Vikings’ starting center for the next decade.