August 18, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Garrett Bradbury (56) looks on during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn – USA TODAY Sports
The following questions relate to current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the April 25 edition, approached in a trendy way. If you have any questions, please email them to [email protected]
Please also note: These are opinion-based answers. Some answers will sometimes be incorrect. But we will try to keep this to a minimum.
Q: It doesn’t look like the Vikings will land the final year for Garrett Bradubry’s contract. Will they draft a replacement center?
A: You’re right that Minnesota won’t go for Bradbury’s expensive fifth year. And, therefore, the team is likely to explore a center after the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Unless Bradbury is unblocked by Kevin O’Connell, he will be seen as a big disappointment for the Vikings. It runs well – and that’s about it. His pass protection is lacking, and that’s a big problem when Minnesota employs a pocket passer.
The team also signed Austin Schlottmann this offseason, who could take a look at center if Kwesi Adofo-Mensah doesn’t draft one this week.
Q: So Spielman really likes Kyle Hamilton this draft? Will Kwesi get it if he falls into the hands of the Vikings?
A: Yes, Spielman told Darren Wolfson his respect for Hamilton. Also, if he somehow drops to 12th in the draft, the Vikings will select him..
And that would be a wonderful turn of events. Some people rank Hamilton the best player in the draft, so a drop to 12th would be magnificent for the Vikings. Harrison Smith should be ready to go for a few more years, but Hamilton is a fabulous safety running mate and possible replacement for Smith.
Q: What role will Dalvin Tomlinson have in this new defence?
A: A standard – and arguably even bigger than 2021.
Michael Pierce no longer plays for the Vikings, so Tomlinson’s role should improve. Zimmer used him as a three-technique defensive tackle last season, but Tomlinson is more of a nose tackle.
In Ed Donatell’s new 3-4 defense, Tomlinson will obstruct the middle of the defensive line. It will be presented to the maximum, except injury.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).