5 offensive prospects for Vikings to watch at the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl

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Juice Scruggs – OL (Penn State)

Yes, this guy’s name first caught my attention, but it turns out he’s exactly the type of offensive lineman the Vikings need to add. A versatile offensive lineman who can fill in at multiple spots is an underrated need for the Vikings. Scruggs could fill that void.

Scruggs is 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds. He is quick out of his stance and keeps his pads low, winning the majority of his battles. He is a powerful striker who uses his hands to hold back defenders in pass protection. He has experience playing both center and guard, adding value at multiple positions.

He doesn’t always keep his feet moving, and that can cause him to get beaten at times. Scruggs also doesn’t have a very high ceiling, but his floor is low. He appears destined to be a solid and reliable player who could carve out a long career in the league as a swing lineman.

Scruggs would add quality depth to the Vikings’ offensive line, and he would give them someone they can develop and potentially compete with Ed Ingram at right guard if he doesn’t take a step forward in his development next season.