The Minnesota Vikings went out and signed quarterback Kirk cousins this past off-season, expecting him to take this team to the next level. In the previous season, Case Keenum led the team all the way to the NFC Championship Game, and the Vikings spared no expense in bringing in Cousins to finish the deal.
Unfortunately, the Vikings would find themselves on the outside looking in at the playoffs, and it was mostly due to an ineffective offensive line. The team did get second year running back Dalvin Cook back from a devastating knee injury as a rookie, but it took him a little while to get going, and the team needs to do a better job of putting blockers in front of him moving forward.
When it comes to this draft class, there are a handful of offensive linemen that should hear their name called in the first round, and Yodny Cajuste from West Virginia is one of them. The big fella has the size and the strength to stay on the left side at the NFL level, and the Vikings need to do all they can do this off-season to bolster their offensive line.
Minnesota does have the talent on both sides of the ball to be a playoff team next season, and it will be interesting to see what Cousins will do in a second season under center. If they can get better on the offensive line, and get their defense playing to the level they were in 2017, there is no reason why this team can’t battle the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers for supremacy in the NFC North next season.