Aviante Collins – OL
Aviante Collins has been with the Vikings for what seems like forever. This guy always creates a buzz in the preseason and we hear about how high the team is on him. But then he seems to suffer an injury and he misses the majority of the regular season.
In three years with Minnesota, he’s been active for five games with just one start. He’s played in a total of 77 offensive snaps during his career, so he doesn’t have a ton of experience to his name. He has played both tackle and guard in his time with the Vikings, but he will be moved inside to guard this year and be part of a wild and truly open competition.
Collins will be battling with players like Dru Samia, Dakota Dozier, Pat Elflein, and Ezra Cleveland for a starting job. At the same time, he’ll be battling players like Kyle Hinton, Brett Jones, Jake Lacina, and Brady Aiello for a spot on the team.
Collins is by no means a lock to make Minnesota’s final roster. He will have to stay healthy throughout the majority of training camp, which he seems to have trouble doing, and play at a high level in practice every day.
The Vikings would love to keep as many experienced players on the roster this season as possible and they will expect Collins to earn a spot on the team. However, if he gets hurt or is flat out bested by a younger blocker, his time in purple will probably come to an end.