5 offensive prospects for the Vikings to watch at the 2021 Senior Bowl

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Deonte Brown – OG (Alabama)

The Vikings definitely need a guard in this year’s draft and probably even two. Minnesota’s interior offensive line is extremely maligned at this point, with right guard Ezra Cleveland being the only current player worth bringing back, and it’s unclear if his future is even at his current position.

The Vikings need to possibly use their first-round pick in 2021 on this position. But if they wait until later in the draft, landing a guy like Deonte Brown would be huge.

Brown is a massive human being as he weighed in at 364 pounds at this year’s Senior Bowl. He moves surprisingly well for being so huge and he only allowed half a sack in 843 snaps last season at Alabama.

Minnesota will keep a close eye on this big man and will surely envision him gobbling up defenders to help keep Kirk Cousins upright in 2021. Brown would also be a huge asset in the run game as he could easily move defenders off the line to create huge running lanes for Dalvin Cook to trot through.

The problem for Brown landing on the Vikings is that he’s someone who could end up going early on the second day. Minnesota doesn’t have a second-round pick thanks to the Yannick Ngakoue trade and that could cost them a chance at landing this big dude.

If he falls to the third round, the Vikings should waste little time using a pick on him as he would vastly improve the team’s worst position.