Guard could be on the Vikings radar in the 2014 NFL Draft
Current Guard Situation
Sure the guard position isn’t the most sexy pick when it comes to early draft choices. But look at the 2013 draft. Guys like Big Daddy Warmack, Jonathan Cooper, Kyle Long were all off the board in the top 20. Guard is becoming more and more common in the early rounds and for the most part have proven to pay off.
I was a bit surprised that the Vikings waited so long in the 2013 NFL Draft to address the guard position. Bond (7th round) and or Baca (6th round) will both be fighting to make the squad in 2013, and it appears they might be more depth moves and or small projects. Current starting left guard Charlie Johnson will be a free agent after 2013 and Minnesota could be very well be looking for an upgrade anyways. Fusco has been serviceable and the 2013 will be a make or break year for him on the right side of the line. Best case scenario, Fusco comes in and has a strong season solidifying the right side for the next few years. Worst case, he regresses and Minnesota will be on the lookout for not 1, but 2 guards in the 2014 offseason.
What the 2014 Draft Has to Offer
The 2014 draft has a handful of guards that will be well worth a pick in the top 3 rounds that could come in day one and fight for a starting job. Some names to keep an eye on throughout the year are Baylor’s Cyril Richardson, who could actually play guard OR tackle in the NFL, but many see him as a better fit at guard. Next up is Mississippi States Gabe Jackson, Jackson has gotten better each year during his time in the SEC and has proven himself against some of the best defensive lineman in college football. Others to watch out for are Florida St’s Tre Jackson, Rutgers Antwan Lowery, LSU’s La’el Collins and Nebraska’s Spencer Long. But then again, it IS only July, so check back throughout the year for guys climbing up the charts.
Guards Currently on Vikings Roster