Will Trent Williams land with the Vikings during the 2020 NFL Draft?

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Trent Williams
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Trent Williams /

In an effort to improve their offensive line, will the Minnesota Vikings attempt to trade for current Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams during this week’s NFL Draft?

When it comes to fixing his team’s offensive line, the NFL Draft hasn’t been too friendly to current Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman.

Since Spielman was promoted to be the team’s general manager in 2012, the Vikings have selected 15 different offensive linemen in the draft. None of them have ever been selected as a First-Team All-Pro and they have all combined to earn a grand total of one Pro Bowl invite.

Most are assuming Minnesota will draft at least one new offensive linemen this year and that it will likely happen during one of the early rounds. But at the same time, the Vikings don’t want to be reaching for a prospect just to fill a need.

With Spielman’s track record of picking offensive line prospects not being the greatest, the guys over at Bleeding Purple recently went over the possibility of Minnesota trading for current Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams during this week’s draft.

Whenever the discussion of Williams being traded has been brought up during the last few weeks, the Vikings are a team that continues to be included as one who has interest a potential deal. There are others who could be in the running to land the veteran left tackle as well though.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported on Tuesday that trading for Williams is, “still on the table,” for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns going after Williams would likely depend on if they are able to pick one of the top offensive tackles in this year’s draft or not.

Still, Minnesota going after the current Redskins left tackle makes a lot of sense. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, rookies are going to miss out on valuable practice time this offseason and upgrading a position by adding en established veteran appears to be a better strategy to take.

Williams is also familiar with the offensive scheme the Vikings are expected to run in 2020 and he’s already spent part of his NFL career blocking for Kirk Cousins.

With time running out for Spielman and Mike Zimmer to deliver a title to the Twin Cities, this could be a draft where Minnesota makes a number of big-time moves. Will trading for Williams be one of them?

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