5 needs the Vikings could double-dip at during the 2021 NFL Draft

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Offensive Tackle

The Vikings have created a big need at this position with their moves in free agency. They cut Riley Reiff to save some cash and he was their best player on the offensive line a season ago.

Minnesota has Ezra Cleveland waiting in the wings, but Mike Zimmer basically said he was still the team’s right guard during a recent press conference. They did bring back Rashod Hill, and while he provides depth, Brian O’Neill is the only offensive tackle the team can really rely on.

The Vikings’ depth at offensive tackle is also troubling. While Cleveland could potentially move to left tackle, and Hill provides depth on both sides, there’s nothing but question marks on the rest of the depth chart. Oli Udoh has yet to see much playing time after his first two seasons in the league and Blake Brandel may not even make the team this year.

Minnesota could draft a tackle very early and it could be at pick No. 14 in the first round. Rashawn Slater and Christian Darrisaw are the two that make the most sense at this spot.

The Vikings could also look to use one of their third or fourth-round picks on a tackle with upside. Names to watch in that area of the draft could be James Hudson and Walker Little.

Minnesota has ignored their offensive line for too long, and solving the tackle position by using multiple early-round choices on it, would be a smart investment.