Will Vikings add depth at guard?
February, 3, 2014
By Tom Carpenter | ESPN Insider
The Minnesota Vikings offensive line performed quite well in 2013. Pro Football Focus graded them out as the seventh-best pass-blocking unit and sixth-best run-blocking unit in the NFL. However, they likely will add some depth at guard during the offseason.
"With a new head coach and a new offensive coordinator in the fold, with starting left guard Charlie Johnson scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency on March 11 and with a full complement of draft choices plus Seattle’s third-rounder from the Percy Harvin trade, it would not surprise me in the least to see the Vikings add an offensive guard this offseason," wrote Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com.
There aren't any high-end guards in this year's draft, so we shouldn't expect the Vikings to take one with the No. 8 overall pick. In fact, ESPN NFL Insiders Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. didn't put a guard in their top-32 rankings or initial mock drafts. If the Vikings are going to add some help at guard via the draft, they likely will have to do so later on, as they have done in recent years.