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

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Dillon Radunz (North Dakota State)


  • Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 304 pounds

If the Vikings fail to land a starting tackle in the first round, they are certainly not out of luck on Day 2.

If they trade back from 14th overall and acquire a second-round pick, Dillon Radunz would be the name to monitor. His preseason hype was not quiet, and that’s for good reason. Radunz was a stud at North Dakota State. Obviously, the competition is going to be a question, but his traits are off the charts.

He is an excellent mover in space and he does a great job in the run game as a mauler. His body stays in position and he keeps his frame at a good level in order to hit the second level as a blocker. While he may struggle at times to pick up oncoming defenders or meet them in space, it is not something that should be too worrisome as he has shown the ability to do it.

Radunz will be an excellent tackle in the NFL if he is put in a run-first offense that can unleash his power as a run-blocker. And yes, the Vikings are fine in the run game, and the biggest concern with the offensive line is protecting Kirk Cousins, but that’s also not an area of weakness for Radunz by any means.

Finding a player that excels in the run game and has the frame to become a solid pass protector is worth taking a chance on. He can start right out of the gate for Minnesota and he would be a nice replacement for Riley Reiff on the left side.

Having three outstanding athletes on the offensive line would do wonders for Dalvin Cook, who is already doing quite well for himself.