The draft and free agency are great ways to acquire talent for the offensive line but the Minnesota Vikings opted to give up some assets to the Arizona Cardinals when they traded for versatile offensive lineman Mason Cole.
Cole could easily slide in at any of the three interior spots on the line. Offering that kind of all-around talent makes him an excellent option to be the top option as the team’s backup at any of those spots should an injury occur.
Of course, if he can impress enough during training camp and preseason, Cole could be a solid player to start at right guard. If Wyatt Davis isn’t ready and the other options on this list struggle, Cole’s 32 starts and 46 games played offer a great blend of experience and potential going forward.
The 25 year old blocker also had experience as an offensive tackle while at the University of Michigan but is unlikely to fill in on those spots unless it is an emergency-type situation. Instead, look for him to either start or be the universal backup for the Vikings this year.