Dru Samia – G
Who will be the Vikings starting right guard in 2020 remains a mystery at this point in the offseason. If COVID-19 hadn’t canceled OTAs and mini-camps, perhaps we’d have a better idea.
As of now, many are expecting the job to go to second-year man Dru Samia. That does seem like a logical assumption to make, as Minnesota clearly drafted this guy in the fourth round for a reason. But it may also just be wishful thinking.
Samia was inactive almost the entire 2019 season. He was running with the third team all preseason long and it was actually a little shocking when he made the Vikings final-53 man roster.
Samia did see some extensive action in Minnesota’s meaningless season finale against the Chicago Bears, so at least he got his feet wet last year. While he did play well in that game, it was little more than a scrimmage and it is definitely not a game to take too much out of.
Samia has great size and is built like a giant square. He showed some nastiness in that game against the Bears and he will be given every opportunity to win the job. The question is, can he?
After generating a lot of buzz in the preseason last year, Samia couldn’t ascend the depth chart. Either he’s slow to pick up the blocking scheme or the Vikings were purposely waiting on this guy knowing they had Josh Kline on the roster.
Whatever the case is, the fact that Samia couldn’t crack the starting lineup when Kline got hurt a year ago is discouraging. While many are expecting him to be the starter in 2020, he will have to fight for the role and he could lose out to Dakota Dozier just as easily as he could win the job.