6 players the Vikings could pick to replace Riley Reiff at left tackle

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Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech)

If the Vikings aren’t confident that their new starting left tackle isn’t currently on the roster, they may look to the 2021 NFL Draft to secure a young, talented blocker to take on the role going forward.

There are several amazing options for a left tackle at the top of the draft, starting with Oregon’s Penei Sewell, but he is likely to be a top-five pick. Past him, one of the best options is former Virginia Tech blocker Christian Darrisaw.

After three seasons with the Hokies, the 6-foot-5, 314-pound blocker is ready to join the NFL and looks to be a Day 1 starter. He seemed to improve with each passing year at the college level and there is little reason to believe that won’t translate well to the NFL.

For those who put a lot of stock into Pro Football Focus metrics, it is hard to ask for much better than what they have to say about Darrisaw since he graded out at 95.6 overall in 2020 with both his pass and run block grades over 90.