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

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James Hudson (Cincinnati)


  • Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 302 pounds

James Hudson shot up out of nowhere after a strong season with Cincinnati and he has earned himself a nice payday. He is still a raw prospect at left tackle, but he has a ton of size, power, and mobility that will make him a fun piece to develop up front.

It may be a while before he is ready to start on the line, but if he is forced into action as a swing tackle, or even at guard, he could have some moments.

Hudson’s footwork is going to require a lot of work, as well as his general technique and timing, but the raw skills and body frame are there. If he can get developed, and that’s always a big if, Hudson can be a formidable tackle.

It may be another year or two before Hudson can be comfortably put on the starting line, which will not be enjoyable for fans, but not every draft pick is ready right away.

If the Vikings do land Hudson, they would have someone with every trait they seem to want in their linemen, and they can try to get him into any position that works.

The stipulation with being an offensive tackle and nothing else is long gone, and we’ve seen that lately. A year after drafting Ezra Cleveland, we still do not know for sure where his future resides in the NFL, and that leaves the door open for other moves.