5 Minnesota Vikings players who could be replaced in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Garrett Bradbury – C

The Minnesota Vikings opted to keep Garrett Bradbury rather than make him a salary-cap casualty this offseason. This was probably smart from a continuity standpoint if nothing else, but it does not detract from what a huge season is upcoming for the offensive lineman in 2022.

Bradbury is now a three-year starter with mixed results. Fans are right to expect more from the center considering where the Vikings drafted him, so any more in the way of inconsistency could leave Minnesota with no option other than to go in a different direction.

It might even come sooner than that.

Although this isn’t considered to be the most talented center class that’s ever joined the pro ranks, there are one or two that could represent an upgrade on Bradbury providing their respective transitions to the next level go according to plan.

Tyler Linderbaum is the obvious candidate who might be available for the Vikings at No. 12 overall. But selecting the former Iowa standout would be ignoring other significant needs that should be addressed first.

Even though it appears unlikely, finding a replacement for Bradbury cannot be entirely dismissed.