4 Vikings undrafted free agents who could make the team in 2020

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Myles Dorn
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Myles Dorn /
5 of 5
Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Jake Lacina – G (Augustana)

Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, offensive guard was a position that was seen as one of the Vikings’ biggest needs. They cut one of their best blockers in Josh Kline and then they failed to do nothing to address the position in free agency except for re-signing some backups in Dakota Dozier and Brett Jones.

In a move that was quite shocking, Minnesota didn’t take a guard until their very last pick of this year’s draft. Not only that, but they used it on a Division II player from Washburn College named Kyle Hinton.

While Hinton does have some things going for him like the fact that he moves well and he is a violent blocker, he is likely at least a season away from competing for meaningful playing time with the Vikings.

Guard continues to be Minnesota’s biggest roster hole following the draft and supposedly this is going to be a wide-open position in training camp this summer. If this is truly the case, this small schooler has just as good a shot as anyone to make the team.

Jake Lacina measures in at 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds. Last year, he earned the Rimington Award as the nation’s best center at the Division II level. He is also very experienced, having started all 45 games he played in during his college career.

One thing going for him that other prospects don’t have is that he is the son of former Vikings guard Corbin Lacina. While that doesn’t give him any sort of advantage from a name standpoint, he did grow up around the team and he should have an idea of how things work in the NFL, including the effort he’ll need to put in to make the team.

Must Read. 6 worst Vikings first-round picks since 2010. light

While he spent his college career as a center, Minnesota will probably try him at guard first. With the depth chart not exactly being loaded, Lacina could follow his father’s footsteps and become an active member of the Vikings in 2020.