4 Minnesota Vikings who are in jeopardy of becoming busts

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Dru Samia – OG

Many Vikings’ fans would already consider Dru Samia a bust. The guy was taken in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft and being that high of a pick, came with it a certain level of expectation. That expectation was that he’d be a contributor in year one and a potential starter as soon as 2020. Neither of those came to pass.

Samia struggled mightily in camp his rookie season and ran with the third-stringers. He was inactive the majority of that year and he didn’t exactly turn heads during his second training camp with the Vikings either. When Pat Elflein was hurt early in the season, many fans got their wish and Samia was inserted into the starting lineup.

The reason many fans would consider him a bust already was because his play was so atrocious. This guy was getting overpowered and pushed into the Vikings’ backfield on the majority of plays. He was also missing blocks and drew plenty of penalty flags that killed Vikings’ drives. His poor play was a big part of the Vikings‘ 1-5 start to the season.

As bad as Samia was, he can’t be considered a bust yet because he’s likely going to get one more shot. The Vikings guard situation is going to be a major competition in 2021 and Samia will definitely be in the mix. Maybe getting his toes wet this year and another offseason studying the playbook and hitting the weights will pay off and he’ll surprise and earn a starting spot. If that doesn’t happen, then it’ll be safe to slap Samia with the “bust” label.