4 guard prospects the Vikings should already be thinking about

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The biggest area of need for the Minnesota Vikings continues to be at offensive guard.

Through the first six games of the current season and during the entire 2019 campaign, the Minnesota Vikings have been held back by poor offensive guard play. They are down to playing a rookie left tackle in Ezra Cleveland at right guard thanks to injuries and inconsistent play.

None of the guards who have played this season for the Vikings have really stood out in doing so. Dakota Dozier has been a staple on the left side, but he has not been impressive in his time with the first unit. The offensive line has shown improvements with Riley Reiff, Brian O’Neill, and Garrett Bradbury. However, the two guard spots have made the entire line look horrendous.

Fans will clamor for a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, and rightfully so. But Minnesota should still consider taking an offensive guard early on in next year’s draft, whether it is in the first round or not.

The 2021 NFL Draft is expected to have plenty of talented interior offensive linemen that the Vikings will have to consider selecting. Let’s take an early look at some of the top guard prospects Minnesota should be keeping an eye on.