Why didn’t the Vikings end up landing Trent Williams from the Redskins?

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What’s next for the Vikings offensive line?

With the idea of Trent Williams coming to Minnesota now out the door, the team will now turn their attention to figuring out which one of their current players will be their starting left tackle next season.

Currently, it looks like Riley Reiff, unfortunately, has the best shot. The Vikings did use a second-round pick on Ezra Cleveland this year and he spent the majority of his college career at Boise State lining up at left tackle.

But with Cleveland unable to attend any in-person workouts or practices with Minnesota anytime soon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s probably going to struggle to get any sort of edge over Reiff before the start of next season.

The dark horse in all of this could be current Vikings starting right tackle, Brian O’Neill. If Minnesota isn’t satisfied with keeping Reiff as their starting left tackle and they don’t think Cleveland is ready for the job yet, the Vikings could attempt to see how O’Neill does on the left side of the line.

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Minnesota does like what O’Neill has done during his time at right tackle since he arrived in 2018. But he also started 12 games at left tackle during his final college season at Pitt in 2017 and it resulted in him earning a First-Team All-ACC selection. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he is the one who emerges as the new protector of Kirk Cousins blindside in 2020.