Borrowed time for Bradbury, Spielman Ardor for Kyle Hamilton, Dalvin Tomlinson


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

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Q: It doesn’t look like the Vikings will land the final year for Garrett Bradubry’s contract. Will they draft a replacement center?

September 19, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Minnesota Vikings center Garrett Bradbury (56) and center Mason Cole (52) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman – USA TODAY Sports

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?

Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton (14) celebrates an interception during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game, Saturday Sept. 18, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. Cfb Notre Dame vs Purdue

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?

October 3, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) heads the ball against Minnesota Vikings defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson (94) at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Blewett – USA TODAY Sports

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).

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