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5 under-the-radar free agent offensive linemen that could interest the Vikings

By Matthew Coller

Whether the Minnesota Vikings sign Kirk Cousins or not, they will be on the hunt in free agency for players who can both make a positive impact and come at a reasonable price.

Last week, we looked at 10 players who could meet those parameters at the offensive skill positions.

10 under-the-radar offensive free agents who could help the Vikings

And here we included top offensive linemen like Andrew Norwell, Justin Pugh, Cameron Fleming, Josh Kline and Nate Solder:

The complete Vikings top 30 free agent target list

Now we look at five offensive linemen who wouldn’t break the bank but would either compete for a starting position or provide depth on the O-line for the Vikings next season…

T – Chris Hubbard

Key stat: Third highest Pass Blocking Efficiency among free agent tackles

Why he’s a fit:

In 2017, Pittsburgh’s 26-year-old tackle got a chance to play on a regular basis, working 748 total snaps. Over the last two seasons, in 1,090 snaps, he’s allowed just three sacks and six QB hits. Hubbard, who was highly praised by teammates this year, has versatility that makes him a very intriguing option for the Vikings as a starter at guard or tackle – if they want to move Remmers to guard permanently.

G, James Hurst

Key stat: Fourth best Pass Blocking Efficiency among free agent guards

Why he’s a fit:

After some rough moments as a tackle, it appeared Hurst found more success at left guard. He allowed just three sacks and three QB hits this season and ranked in PFF’s top 10 against inside pressure. At 6-foot-5, 317-pounds, he doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a mobile offensive line, but Hurst’s experience at guard and tackle could make him a replacement option for Jeremiah Sirles.

T, LaAdrian Waddle

Key stat: Zero sacks allowed in 180 pass block snaps

Why he’s a fit:

Filling in for starting right tackle Marcus Cannon, the 26-year-old showed some potential to be a starter in the NFL. While the Vikings seem pleased with Rashod Hill as their backup tackle, Waddle might still be an ascending player and could compete for a starting job at right tackle.

G, Luke Joeckel

Key stat: 85.1 run block rating (out of 100) in 2016 by PFF

Why he’s a fit:

Simple: Low risk, high reward. After moving from tackle to guard, Joeckel showed some potential, especially as a run blocker. But last year he struggled in both areas while playing for the Seahawks. It seems that Seattle struggles mightily to help offensive linemen, so there could still be potential with Joeckel, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft.

G, DJ Fluker

Key stat: 77.6 run block grade by PFF

Why he’s a fit:

Like Joeckel, there may be untapped potential in the former No. 11 overall pick. There’s a possibility that other teams could be willing to lock him in as one of their starting guards whereas the Vikings would be looking for a player they could add and still draft a quality offensive lineman. But if Fluker doesn’t get huge interest, he could be interesting as a boom-or-bust pickup.

The post 5 under-the-radar free agent offensive linemen that could interest the Vikings appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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