4 potential scapegoats if things go wrong for the Vikings in 2021

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As stated previously, the Vikings could be adding some young, hungry players to their offensive line next season. First-round pick Christian Darrisaw should occupy the left tackle spot from the word go, with the prospect of slotting fellow rookie Wyatt Davis onto the interior not entirely out of the question providing his transition to the next level is smooth.

Ezra Cleveland is also a prime candidate to fill one of the guard spots after showing glimpses of promise as a rookie, which leaves stud right tackle Brian O’Neill and center Garrett Bradbury as the only returning starters from the previous campaign.

Make no mistake, that is a good thing.

But if the Vikings don’t get more consistency from this unit, then it might be Bradbury who carries the can.

The former first-round pick looks like a solid NFL player. There is nothing flashy about Bradbury. He just goes about his business with quiet determination, and he showed enough last time out to suggest more could be coming with better quality around him.

Year 3 is normally the time when offensive linemen begin to exert their dominance. Bradbury needs to fall into this category, and considering how young others are around him, he might take the majority of criticism if the Vikings cannot make strides.