Vikings Beef-Up O-Line With First Pick

Vikings Beef-Up O-Line With First Pick Click to Enlarge Photo: Associated Press

(KNSI) - The 2019 NFL Draft shaped-up perfectly for the Vikings to select from a slew of offensive linemen.

Ultimately, they chose center, Garrett Bradbury from N.C. State due to his ability to play guard and center.

Selecting an offensive lineman in the first round was seemingly what the fans wanted but few could have imagined the purple having their pick from as many as they did.

Trading back to acquire more draft picks could have also been on Rick Spielman's mind but for the first time since 2012, they took an offensive lineman in the first round.

Bradbury was considered the nation's best center and was awarded the Rimington Trophy as a result.

Pat Elflein also won the Rimington Trophy in 2017 and has been the Vikings' center the past two seasons.

It's unsure how the Vikings plan two incorporate both interior offensive linemen into their scheme under offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.

The selection came as no surprise to anyone that listened to the latest KNSI Sports Podcast.

Jordan Reid of Cover 1, Eric Thompson of the Daily Norseman and Luke Inman of Zone Coverage all predicted the Vikings would select the 6-foot-3, 306-pound quick-moving specimen.

Reid thought Bradbury would work out nicely for what the Vikings will attempt on offense in 2019.

"[Bradbury] is the prototypical, perfect fit in that zone-scheme they want to run, I'm a big fan of Bradbury and I think he would be a great pick at eighteen."

Fans of the Vikings will be able to see what the team does next on Friday when the second-round of the NFL Draft starts at 7:00 PM.

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