Why the Vikings should draft an offensive lineman in the first round

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The 2021 NFL Draft is just around the corner and there are some reasons why the Minnesota Vikings should use their first choice on an offensive lineman.

The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and as it nears, the picture of what the Minnesota Vikings may do with the No. 14 pick is beginning to come into focus.

It feels like the Vikings will either take an edge rusher to start opposite Danielle Hunter or upgrade their offensive line with a guard or a potential long-term starter at left tackle.

While there are plenty of reasons why going the defensive route makes sense for Minnesota, upgrading the offensive line should be the priority. The team has already invested heavily in the defense this offseason, and with the players who are returning, they simply don’t need to go defense early.

When looking at the team as a whole, the weakest part of the Vikings’ roster is definitely the offensive line. Their best blocker from a season ago is no longer on the squad and the current group of projected starters have either struggled in the past or lack experience.

In order to improve this unit, there are a few reasons why Minnesota needs to use the No. 14 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft to address their offensive line.