No doubt that offensive line was a major need for the Vikings going into the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville. Thursday night the Vikes addressed one of those needs by selecting center Garrett Bradbury from North Carolina State with the 18th overall selection. Here’s what you need to know about the latest addition to the purple squad.
Bradbury (6’3/306) was recruited to NC State to play tight end, started at guard as a sophomore and junior, then won the 2018 Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center. Although Bradbury is limited to the interior by 31 ¾-inch arms, he combines big, heavy hands (10 ½”) . Smart (35 Wonderlic score), well rounded, and pro-ready, Bradbury profiles one of the safest prospects in this draft.
In my mind this was a no brainer pick for the Vikes. Barring injury, he should be their center for the next 10 plus years. Also, they can now move current center Pat Elflein to guard, thus solving two offensive line problems with just one pick. More picks to come with rounds 2 and 3 Friday night, and 4-7 on Saturday.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) April 26, 2019