6 intriguing prospects the Vikings should watch closely at the 2024 Senior Bowl

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Offensive Prospect No. 2

Jackson Powers-Johnson - C (Oregon)

While it's not a super popular need for the Vikings, the team is long overdue for an upgrade at center.

Garrett Bradbury earned himself a second contract with Minnesota and even had a decent first half of the 2023 season, but his play fell off late to the point where he even earned a zero grade as a pass blocker in one game.

What the Vikings need is a big, beefy center who can anchor and be an absolute wall in the middle of the line. Jackson Powers-Johnson out of Oregon fits that mold.

He's an enormous human, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 334 pounds. JPJ moves well for a man so big, and he combines top-level power and strength with technique, making him nearly impossible to move.

Powers-Johnson has been stonewalling just about every prospect he's lined up against at the Senior Bowl this week. He's getting rave reviews, and there's buzz building that he could sneak into the first round.

He injured his hamstring during Wednesday's practice, and that will likely cost him the rest of the week.

Maybe that injury could be beneficial to the Vikings. If he can't work out, his buzz could die down, and perhaps he is still on the board at pick No. 42 in the second round.