As Free Agency has began to slow down it is the perfect time to take a look at the team needs for each team as we get closer to the 2019 NFL Draft. Listed below are the Minnesota Vikings Team Needs as they head into the 2019 NFL Draft listed in order of importance.
Minnesota Vikings Team Needs
Interior Offensive Line
Minnesota’s interior offensive line play has hamstrung their offense for several seasons now. Not only have they failed to consistently protect their new franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins, but they have failed to open up running lanes for their backs as well. Pat Elflein is a young, solid piece to build around, but two upgrades are needed around him. Elflein’s ability to play either center or guard gives the Vikings some versatility while addressing the position.
The tackles position also needs to be addressed. While Brian O’Neill far exceeded expectations in year one manning the right tackle position, Riley Reiff has been just ok on the left side. Reiff is also 30 years old and owed a lot of money over the next couple seasons. O’Neill has some left tackle potential, so the Vikings could bring in a tackle at either position and pair them with O’Neill to form a long-term tackle tandem.
The free agent departure of Sheldon Richardson leaves a big hole at the defensive tackle position next to Linval Joseph. Shamar Stephen was brought in but is more of a run stuffer in the same mold as Joseph. Recent mid-round picks at the position have not contributed much and an adding an interior pass rusher would be beneficial.
Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are one of the top duos in the NFL. After those two though the Vikings have failed to get much of anything in the way of production from their other receivers. Former first round pick Laquon Treadwell has been a bust and cannot be counted on in the future. The versatility of both Thielen and Diggs give the Vikings the ability to add either an outside threat or and more prototypical slot man to their receiving corps.
Finding a reliable third receiving option has to be a top priority this offseason for Minnesota whether that be another receiver or tight end. Kyle Rudolph is still a serviceable player but is not a dynamic down field threat. Finding a current compliment and future replacement to Rudolph would be a wise decision, especially with the depth of this tight end class.
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