Not sure what would infuriate fans more, going cornerback again in round one, or taking a center for the second time in three years. Garrett Bradbury proved this season he can safely be labeled a bust and the Vikings need to move on either with a veteran upgrade or a finding his replacement in the draft.
There’s only one center worth taking at pick No. 12 and that would be Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum. He was the highest-graded center for the last two years and is extremely intelligent. He also has the strength to anchor which is something Bradbury couldn’t do and was badly exposed against the big beefy nose tackles of teams like the Chicago Bears.
Linderbaum is a day one starter and likely an instant upgrade for Minnesota. While Linderbaum would be the only center worth taking, the Vikings could address another position on the interior of their offensive line at pick No. 12, if they feel the best value is there.
Kenyon Green of Texas A&M is a versatile offensive lineman who played every position other than center. If the new GM wants to build from the trenches out, he does have some options to do so with the 12th pick.