For the latest ratings, a player in the mid-70s is supposed to indicate a good, but not a great player. Perhaps O’Neill has yet to reach that elite status at right tackle, but he appears to be well on his way heading into the 2020 season.
O’Neill was arguably the best offensive lineman the Vikings had last season and played well in his sophomore campaign. His 19 pressures allowed were 21st among qualifying offensive tackles and while his pass-blocking grade of 72.4 wasn’t outstanding, it was enough to keep Cousins off his back even if the guards played like human turnstiles.
Heading into 2020, O’Neill should be another player that breaks into the 80s for the Vikings. As a player on the rise, O’Neill has solidified himself as a pillar for an otherwise shaky unit and as several broken controllers can attest after facing Khalil Mack, O’Neill’s performance definitely deserves an upgrade for next season.