4 biggest priorities for the Vikings in the 2021 offseason

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Invest in the offensive line

Building a solid offensive line seems like it has been the Achilles heel of Rick Spielman’s tenure with the Vikings.

No matter how much money is spent or how many draft picks are used, Spielman just hasn’t been able to construct even a decent offensive line for Minnesota since he was promoted to be the team’s general manager in 2012.

Luckily, Brian O’Neill, Garrett Bradbury, and Ezra Cleveland all seem like guys the Vikings can build around for the future. That leaves the left side of Minnesota’s offensive line that still needs to be fixed.

The Vikings have to decide if they want to keep Riley Reiff around for another season as their starting left tackle or if they want to shift Cleveland into this role instead. Then finding a new left guard isn’t a choice for Minnesota in 2021, it’s an absolute must.

Saying Dakota Dozier has performed terribly this season at left guard would be a compliment for him. Dozier’s play out on the field has been getting so bad recently that he’s just starting to sack his own quarterback.

With the Vikings not expected to have much spending money in 2021, the draft will likely be the team’s best option to find someone who can become their new starting left guard sooner than later.