3 prospects the Vikings could select in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Trey Smith – OL (Tennessee)

It’s safe to say that the interior of this offensive line needs some work. Drafting Garrett Bradbury with their first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft was a good start, but it can’t stop there. They need to find a quality guy to be on either side of Bradbury because, as of now, there isn’t that guy. In the 2021 NFL Draft class, the Vikings should be able to find an excellent piece to pair with Bradbury and the rest of the offensive line.

Trey Smith can very well be that guy the Vikings need. He’s a strong, powerful, and athletic guard. He started out playing tackle in his first two years at Tennessee, but they kicked him inside last year. Him moving to guard may have been the best thing that could have happened to him. He was struggling to get to the edge and worked better when he was in a phonebooth, which is precisely why he was meant to play guard.

Smith is tough in close quarters and someone that can bully you inside. He’s strong with a good reach, and when he extends those arms, he’s able to control defenders very easily. Smith is a natural athlete and is good at climbing to the second level or pulling. He would fit very well in this zone running scheme the Vikings deploy.