Not drafting a guard with an early-round pick
Heading into this year’s NFL Draft, the Vikings had a bunch of needs to address. Minnesota’s top priorities for the draft were to find a replacement for Stefon Diggs, improve their cornerback depth, and upgrade the talent level of their offensive line.
Technically, the Vikings took care of all three of these priorities. However, they only addressed one part of their offensive line.
Minnesota did end up using a second-round pick on former Boise State offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland and he could potentially be the team’s future at left tackle. But the Vikings decided not to use any of their selections in the first three rounds on an interior offensive lineman.
It was a bit puzzling since the interior of Minnesota’s offensive line was one of the weakest parts of their roster before the draft and now, this still remains the case.
While the depth of this year’s class of interior offensive line prospects was not the greatest, there were still some talented guys the Vikings could have gone after with one of their four picks in the first three rounds.
In the third round, guys like Georgia’s Solomon Kindley, St. John’s Ben Bartch, and Clemson’s John Simpson were all still on the board when it came time for Minnesota to make their selection. But instead of adding one of these three, the Vikings when ahead and used their pick on another corner in Mississippi State’s Cameron Dantzler.
Is Dantzler someone that’s going to make an immediate impact for Minnesota in 2020? Probably not, so using their third-round selection to improve the weak depth of their interior offensive line is something that would have likely been a better decision.