5 candidates to be the Vikings starting right guard in 2021

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Wyatt Davis

The Minnesota Vikings entered the 2021 NFL draft with a serious desire to upgrade their offensive line. That was made even more clear when the team used their first-round selection on left tackle Christian Darrisaw and followed that up by landing Wyatt Davis in Round 3.

Davis was an absolute monster at Ohio State, earning the Rimington–Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award in 2020 as well as All-American nods in 2020 and 2019. He likely could have filled in at either side, but placing him on the right side would allow him to showcase a bit more of his run blocking talents while not being responsible for holding down the quarterback’s blind side as a rookie.

At 6’4 and 326 pounds, he has the size needed to hold his own in the trenches and the high level of competition he faced at the college level should help to prepare him for blocking some of the tough opponents he will face at the NFL level.

Football is in his blood. His grandfather was Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Willie Davis. There is another celebrity in his family, as his father is Duane Davis, who acted in projects such as The Program, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Beetlejuice, Sisters, and Dallas.