4 guard prospects the Vikings should already be thinking about

(Photo by Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports) Wyatt Davis
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Wyatt Davis (Ohio State)

Outside of Trevor Lawrence, the prospect I am most excited about to potentially land with the Vikings is current Ohio State guard Wyatt Davis.

Davis originally opted out of the delayed Big Ten football season, but he has since rejoined the Buckeyes. He is far and away the best guard in this class that features plenty of quality young talent on the interior.

In 2019, Davis allowed zero sacks for the Buckeyes on 459 pass-blocking snaps, according to PFF. Through two seasons as a starter, he has allowed a total of just one sack. A First-Team All-American in 2019, Davis is primed to be the top guard drafted in 2021 and likely the second overall offensive lineman to be selected.

Should Minnesota miss out on one of the top quarterback prospects next year, they should think long and hard about drafting Davis with their first-round pick. Since the Vikings currently do not have a second-round pick in 2021, they might miss out on too many guards early on if they do not opt to take one in the first round.

If Minnesota lands outside the top five picks in next year’s draft, I would pound the table for Wyatt Davis. He would immediately improve the interior of the Vikings line by protecting the quarterback and filling space in the run game.