6 offensive tackles the Vikings could select in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech)


  • Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 314 pounds

One of the players that will probably be part of the offensive tackle run we just alluded to is Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw. Darrisaw is my third-ranked tackle in this class and he is very close to Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater as a prospect.

He was a starting tackle at Virginia Tech as a true freshman and he added to his experience each year after. Now, his NFL dream is about to come true as he projects as a top-15 pick in a loaded tackle class. His starting experience, size, length, and mobility make him an almost perfect prospect along the offensive line.

The only concern with Darrisaw has nothing to do with him, but with the draft order and how the board will shape up.

There are currently six teams ahead of the Vikings that could take a tackle in the first round, including the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Los Angeles Chargers. My gut tells me the Chargers will take a tackle with pick No. 13, leaving Minnesota left with no choice but to reach or trade back.

In no universe should Darrisaw make it past the 14th overall pick and that’s simply because the Vikings would be silly to pass up on him if he is still available. If I had to put my stamp on one player for Minnesota to walk away with on Thursday night, it’s Darrisaw.