Just read an interesting article: http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_13046891?source=rss
The last section on the offensive line caught my attention the most:
OFFENSIVE LINE JON COOPER VS. BRIAN DANIELS, CHRIS CLARK AND DREW RADOVICH
Former Oklahoma tackle Phil Loadholt was a second-round draft pick. But ex-Oklahoma center Jon Cooper, right, who went undrafted, was the Big 12 offensive lineman of the year in 2008. Neither of the linemen from last year's top-scoring offense have been a disappointment. Cooper has impressed the Vikings with his quickness and intelligence, and he will be watched closely Friday against the Colts. In addition to the starters, veterans Artis Hicks and Ryan Cook likely have spots locked up because of their versatility, which would leave one more spot. Daniels and Clark have potential, but Cooper really could help himself if he can swing to guard, as he did in his college career.
I wasn't aware of Jon Cooper. The Big 12 offensive lineman of the year and he went undrafted? He won the honor in spite of playing with Loadholt who we took in the 2nd round. Guys like this have a way of making a name for themselves in the league.
Could we be looking at a future starter? If he could quickly make the transition to guard and oust Herrera (who is a decent guard) we might be looking at a truly dominant line in 2011. Everything I've read/seen so far (and I know it's early) point to Sullivan and Loadholt being ready for the regular season and Loadholt at least being an upgrade over last year.
This to me is really big news. Every facet of our offense could benefit if early indications pan out. Then we'd have the luxury of drafting a good left tackle and/or left guard to eventually replace Mac and Hutch who have quickly become the elder statesman of our line (and they aren't that old!).
The jury is still out and much must be proven. Hopefully we've got a steal of an undrafted free agent on our hands. *
*Disclaimer. All opinions expressed in this post are based on the premise that the Vikings beat writers know what they're talking about.