Dru Samia – G
Dru Samia was basically forgotten during his rookie season with the Vikings. After minicamp last year, there was a ton of buzz around this kid. Samia impressed with his massive size and surprising athleticism and many figured he would compete to be a starter.
Once the preseason started though, Samia was buried on the depth chart. He was getting reps with the third team and he wasn’t able to work his way up the guard ladder.
Then once the regular season started, Samia was a familiar face on the inactive list and he only played in a total of two games. However, one of those matchups was the season finale against the Chicago Bears.
In this meaningless Week 17 contest, Samia didn’t get the start. But he did play the majority of the snaps. He performed pretty well and he was a big reason why Mike Boone was able to rush for 143 yards, as he was helping move Chicago defenders out of the way with ease.
Minnesota didn’t add a guard in the 2020 NFL Draft until their very last choice and they also cut Josh Kline earlier this offseason. Either the Vikings are completely crazy or they are sold that Samia is ready to take on an extended role as a full-time starter.
He’ll still need to compete for the job in training camp this summer. But he should be in line for a huge jump in production in year two.