What the Vikings can expect from Christian Darrisaw in 2021

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What to expect from Darrisaw in 2021

It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out the plan the Minnesota Vikings have for Christian Darrisaw. He should immediately fill the hole left by the release of Riley Reiff and be the day one starter at left tackle.

With Darrisaw taking over the duty of protecting the blindside of Kirk Cousins, that allows Brian O’Neill to stay at right tackle, a place he has excelled since being a second-round pick of the Vikings in 2018. That also means 2020 second-round draft pick Ezra Cleveland should take one of the starting guard spots with 2019 first-round pick Garrett Bradbury rounding things out at center.

As with all rookies, there will be a learning curve. for Darrisaw, especially when going up against dynamic and prolific pass rushers. The patient demeanor of the big offensive lineman should go a long way in keeping him from losing his cool and he should win a majority of one-on-one battles in the trenches.

The floor is extremely high for Darrisaw with the ceiling being limitless. With no real health or attitude concerns, fans of the Minnesota Vikings should love what this big, bruising blocker brings to the team.

He might not make the Pro Bowl or All-Pro Team as a rookie, but he will be a solid player who will win more often than not against tough defenders. His inclusion in the offense will make everyone better and allow players like Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen to put up great numbers in 2021.

What do you love most about the Minnesota Vikings picking Christian Darrisaw in the 2021 NFL Draft? And what is your biggest concern about him? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.