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Vikings Draft Garrett Bradbury


Minnesota Vikings Draft Garrett Bradbury

NC State Wolfpack guard Garrett Bradbury against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the college football opener at Bank of America Stadium. (Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports)
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By: Preet Shah

The Minnesota Vikings selected Garrett Bradbury at pick number 18 in the 2019 NFL Draft finally addressing the need at the interior offensive line position. The Center from NC State was the first center off the board and for good reason, as he was voted the best center in college football this past season, winning the Rimington Trophy. Now Bradbury joins the Vikings offensive line where he will most likely displace current center and 2016 Rimington trophy winner Pat Elflein.

With the overall absurdity of this Draft, the Vikings were put in a tough position at pick 18. They could have bolstered up the tackle positions by selecting Andre Dillard or Jawaan Taylor or they could have taken former Mississippi State standout Montez Sweat to add more depth to the defensive line. This pick, however, seems to have Kubiak and Dennison's fingerprints all over it as Bradbury’s mobility makes him a great fit in the outside zone scheme that they plan to run next year. Most experts loved this selection, with an analyst from nfl.com Daniel Jeremiah saying “This is the best center in the draft and one of the best to come out in the last handful of years.”

To gain further insight on this pick I spoke to my friend Jake Kistler, a die-hard NC State fan, to understand Bradberry more. Jake went on to say “He’s very versatile for a big guy. He is very light on his feet and he should make a big Impact fast.”

Overall I am a huge fan of this pick. I believe that this is exactly what the Vikings needed and Bradberry fits perfectly with the other young offensive lineman in O'Neill and Elfein who both can get out into space and attack blockers at the second level. Leave your opinions on the selection in the comments below and as always Skol.


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