5 Vikings players that have been underwhelming this summer

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Dru Samia – OG

Dru Samia was all hype when he was drafted and made his debut in Vikings’ minicamps. He was getting rave reviews for his size, and many assumed after a year of seasoning, he would be in line to compete for a starting job at guard.

He quickly fell down the depth chart and had a hard time climbing it. He didn’t get on the field until Week 2 of the 2020 season, and it was clear to see why. The guy just wasn’t a good football player.

He was routinely overpowered and he seemed to not know his blocking assignments. He was even worse than the player he was replacing in Pat Elflien.

Despite his horrible play, there was still some hope that Samia could turn it around. He was still young and could be motivated to improve his play over what he showed in 2020.

Some figured the experience he gained playing last year would also do him well and something he could learn from as he studied tape of himself. Those thoughts have quickly gone out the wayside.

Samia continues to struggle every day in practice and is constantly getting plowed over by the reserves on the Vikings’ defensive line. He hasn’t progressed or taken any steps to improve, and his shot of making the final roster looks to be very slim.