The Minnesota Vikings really should be picking out an offensive lineman with the 18th decide in the 2019 NFL draft but will All-American T/G Cody Ford, an best fit for Vikings’ draft desires, be all-around at that time?
What the Minnesota Vikings lacked in 2018, Oklahoma Quicker Cody Ford is. At six-foot-four and 334 lbs ., Ford is a big athlete who can perform the two the tackle and guard position, has fantastic power and original punch, lengthy arms and a expertise for ending blocks.
In two consecutive seasons, Ford has secured Heisman Trophy profitable quarterbacks (Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield), and in 2018 was the key part of a unit that gained the Joe Moore award for the greatest offensive line in university football.
He even appears like former Baltimore Raven and Hall of Fame remaining tackle Jonathon Ogden. Yeah, a stretch, but simply cannot a dude dream?
Cody Ford signifies an possibility for the Vikings to get a uncommon athlete that can assistance their offense in the ways it desires most. With the curiosity of Brian O’Neill going to remaining tackle, Riley Reiff going to guard and men like Mike Remmers and Tom Compton going out of city, Ford might be questioned to have on a lot more than a person hat on the line. Locating youthful players with his talent sets make offensive line coaches very satisfied.
Ford will not be picked in the draft’s top 10, he does not fairly have that sort of pedigree, but most most likely will not slide too substantially further more. So if we take a glimpse at groups buying 12 to 17, five right before Minnesota, we can study, with some acute speculation, no matter if or not the Vikings can land this superlative football participant that would clearly make their workforce superior fast
On The Clock
At 12, the Environmentally friendly Bay Packers. As we know, the Pack desires defense, the two in their ravaged defensive secondary and in regard to their go hurry. They also will be hunting at bona fide wide receivers to tandem with Davante Adams. Someone–forgive the dig–that Aaron Rodgers can “trust”. They will not go with Ford that early.
The Miami Dolphins, at 13, have many desires, but will most most likely a splash decide for new head mentor Brian Flores and the wavering Dolphins fans, not a guard/tackle.
Atlanta at 14 will be hunting to revamp a defense which has been diminishing since their Super Bowl trip in 2016, and with a strong choice of playmakers in the to start with round, they’ll go that route.
The Washington Redskins need a receiver too badly to go with Cody Ford. It might be in the greatest passions of returning quarterback Alex Smith and head mentor Jay Gruden to get assistance with the running game, but proprietor Daniel Snyder just is not that clever.
That leaves picks 16 and 17, heading to the Carolina Panthers and the Cleveland Browns.
Hazard, Will Robinson.
Carolina is a fit for Cody Ford for two big factors. Cam Newton is a gifted hotshot who desires the sort of defense Ford could offer at tackle, and starting off tailback Christian McCaffrey would appreciate to be the a person running at the rear of Ford’s sort if he was put at the guard position. Ford seeks and destroys as excellent as anybody.
However, Carolina will be looking at a inventory of players leaving in 2019. Can they go offensive line with Cam Newton needing a playmaking receiver to full an offensive talent triangle? Not something to guess on.
Cleveland has the probability to pair Cody Ford with his aged teammate in quarterback Baker Mayfield. There’s got to be a temptation there to the Brown’s entrance workplace. Also, running back Nick Chubb skipped a rookie 1,000 time by 4 yards. How quite a few a lot more could he have muscled out with the steamrolling Ford in entrance of him?
The Browns performed excellent defense very last calendar year. They could be eyeing Ford as an exceptional piece of their long run offensive puzzle.
The Person For The Job
The Vikings will have options, but by most exams, Ford is their best decide. If they have to shuffle their line all through the time (and God is familiar with, nobody wants that to come about), Ford seems to be the form of participant who can take on NFL defensive linemen. He has speedy toes, fantastic equilibrium, and electric power. His coaches appreciate him.
Minnesota will also appreciate him if he arrives in Minnesota at the end of April. Viking running backs Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray will appreciate him when they all stroll on to the similar football subject. His teammates will appreciate him since he is heading to make the Minnesota Vikings superior.
Mike Zimmer will appreciate him since he enjoys to pound his opponent. He has not only shown that he’s accomplished it in university, but he also has the expertise to do it in the professionals. Ford is the sort of “right guy” that this mentor wants on his workforce.