5 second-year Vikings under pressure after the 2022 NFL Draft

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Wyatt Davis – OG

There was an enormous amount of optimism for Wyatt Davis heading into the 2021 season. The former Ohio State stud was seen to be a real steal for the organization on Day 2 last spring, and considering the lack of consistency on the offensive line interior, winning a starting job was projected to be well within his capabilities.

This did not go as the Vikings, or the player had hoped. Davis was active for just six games and failed to register a signal offensive snap – with his time on the field restricted to special teams if the staff decided to utilize him at all.

Davis received additional competition for his position this offseason when the Vikings took Ed Ingram in the second round. It’s also worth remembering that Jesse Davis also joined the fold in free agency to further complicate matters.

A major task awaits Davis when OTAs begin. The talent is undoubtedly there and was displayed prominently in college, but now is the time for him to start making the strides needed to convince those in power that he is worthy of prominent reps in 2022.

Whether he can do this or not is debatable. So it will be interesting to see just how Davis fares in the face of stern adversity in the coming weeks.