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By: Preet Shah

    With another week of the offseason passing, we get closer and closer to the NFL Draft. With the Draft comes the Combine where the elite college football players make the trip to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to showcase their skills in a series of tests. The first group which comprised of Offensive Lineman, Running Backs, and Specialists. Along with the first round of testing comes team interviews. In this article, we will look at some of the players that the Vikings have met with and analyze how they could fit in with the Vikings.

Cody Ford

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Ford is a redshirt junior Offensive Lineman out of The University of Oklahoma who can play both guard and tackle. He comes in at 6 feet and 3 6/8 inches while weighing 329 pounds according to the combine measurements. He had an underwhelming bench press of only 19 reps, though it should be noted that he felt tightness in his shoulder around his fifteenth rep which hindered him. His 40-yard dash had his speed topped out at 5.21 seconds. Though many reputed sites list him as a tackle I believe for the present he would be a day one plug and play at guard. Though the combine results for Ford were not anything special fans should look for him at Oklahoma's pro-day to see what he does. Currently, many mock drafts have him going anywhere from 9 to 23.

Chris Lindstrom

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Lindstrom was probably one of my favorite players from the Combine. He is a guard from Boston College and is projected by most to be a day 2 pick. Lindstrom came in at 6 feet and 4 inches while weighing 308 pounds. He earned a spot on the Associated Press third-team All-American with his performance last year. His performance in the 40-yard dash left many, including me, in awe. The guard ran his 40 in 4.91 seconds, this speed could be much of use in the Zone blocking scheme that Kubiak and Stefanski look to run in the 2019 season. He had 25 reps on his bench press, nothing too spectacular but is decent. Lindstrom could be an intriguing prospect on day 2 for the Vikings if they once again go BPA (best player available) in the first round and select a Defensive tackle, Linebacker, or Tight end. Lindstrom for me could be a day 1 starter at guard when he adds some more muscle to complement his athletic prowess. His ability to pull and get out to the second level could be a huge factor when the Vikings are on the clock.

Dalton Rinser

Kansas State wide receiver Byron Pringle (9) celebrates with teammate Dalton Risner (71) following a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Kansas State won 45-40. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) ORG XMIT: OKSO113 The Plain Dealer
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Now we look at the player who has quickly endeared himself to many Vikings fans with both his play on the field and his comment about how it would “be an honor” to play for the Minnesota Vikings. The redshirt senior out of Kansas State can play all 5 positions along the offensive line, versatility that most teams would dream to have in a player. Risner comes in at 6 feet and 5 inches while weighing in at 312 pounds. His combine results average compared to most with 23 reps and a 40 yard dash time of 5.3 seconds. These drills left me wanting to see more. It will be interesting to see how he performs on his pro day. Currently, most mock drafts have him going anywhere from pick 18 to the Vikings or late in the second round. If the Vikings take him it will be interesting to see what they do with him. Would they potentially move O’Neil to left tackle to slot Risner in on the right side and kick Rieff inside to guard, or would they place the Risner at guard for the year? In my personal opinion, since Rieff getting cut is unlikely I would roll put Risner in at guard.

Michael Jordan

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No, the greatest basketball player of all time isn't coming to the NFL to attempt to play yet another sport, this Michael Jordan is an offensive lineman from THE Ohio State University. Jordan is one of the younger players in the upcoming draft, being just 21 years of age. Jordan played both Center and guard at Ohio State but has stated he would rather play at guard which is his more natural position. He has rare height for a guard being 6 feet and 6 inches and he also weighs 312 pounds. He had a disappointing bench press with only 19 reps and did not run a spectacular 40-yard dash, 5.27 seconds. He is projected to be a late day 2 pick and the main need for him is to fill out his frame and become stronger. I could see him playing guard next to former Buckeye Pat Elflein forming a fearsome zone blocking duo.

Greg Little

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The first true tackle on this list, Greg Little come from Ole Miss and is also only 21. He is 6 foot 5 inches tall and weighs 310 pounds. Though he did not participate in the bench press, he ran a 5.33. Personally, I would want to see his pro day before I make any form of judgment on him. Facing elite competition should be no problem for Little as he faces elite levels of competition in the SEC. If the Vikings take Little they will most likely play him at Left Tackle and kick Rieff inside to left guard. Little is projected to go anywhere between pick 11 to the early second round.

So now that you have read the potential players the Vikings could look to pick, which one interests you the most and what would you like to see the Vikings do with the Offensive line next season. Thank you for reading and as always Skol Vikes.