7 interior offensive linemen the Vikings could select in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Luke Fortner (Kentucky)


  • Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 300 pounds

2021 Stats:

  • 13 games started

Luke Fortner is a high-character interior offensive lineman with great size and experience. He has played multiple positions on the Wildcats’ offensive line, but his future in the NFL is likely at center.

Fortner is a very solid run blocker who is quick off the ball, immediately gets his hands in the breastplate of the defender, and then relentlessly drives them back. He has a great understanding of the game and has loads of experience making protection calls at the line. Fortner was a team captain and a player who lead by example on and off the field.

In pass protection, Fortner uses his big frame to create a strong base, and he has enough lateral agility to slide side to side, mirroring the defender. He has done well in the past anchoring, and that alone should get him drafted by the Vikings.

Fortner is solid in pretty much every facet of the game, but he doesn’t stand out in any other either. His position flexibility is definitely a plus, and he’s a player who will likely start as a backup but he could definitely develop into a starter in his second or third season in the league.

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