What the Vikings can expect from Wyatt Davis in 2021

(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Wyatt Davis
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With the 86th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Wyatt Davis.

Just about every mock draft prior to the 2020 NFL season had Wyatt Davis penciled in for the Minnesota Vikings as they worked to fix their offensive line. After a bit of a down season at Ohio State in 2020, Davis fell to the Vikings in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft with a chance to be the Day 1 starter at left guard.

Minnesota already made a move on the offensive line by adding Christian Darrisaw in the first round and now they possibly have two new starters to hold things down for Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook next season. Any time you can use a third-round pick on a starting-caliber player at a position of need, it is met with nothing but praise.

Minnesota was a candidate to trade up and lock in a guard in round two, but they opted to stand pat with all four of their third-round picks, and things worked out wonderfully for them. Davis should be the favorite to start at left guard when the season kicks off while Ezra Cleveland continues to take reps on the right side.

There is a lot to like with Davis and this was absolutely the correct pick for the Vikings when they were on the clock in the middle of the third round. They could have tried to land a safety or wide receiver at this spot as well, but Davis was an excellent value at a position of dire need.

So what can we expect from Davis in his rookie season with Minnesota?