Brian DiTullio, featured columnist at Bleacher Report, March 23, 2011, notes the 25 worst players in the NFL. Our center makes the list as: "There is John Sullivan helping Brett Favre up off the turf. If Sullivan had done a little better job blocking, this picture never would have been taken.
The Vikings offensive line was one of the best in the league a few years ago. That was not the case in 2010 and Sullivan's poor anchoring was a big part of that equation."
While I'm not a Sullivan lover, I'm not a hater. The line did play better with Sullivan than with Cooper/Cook backups. So that leaves a question: What's the rankings for our O-line? Best to worst? here's mine:
1) Hutchinson - without the injury he's an All Pro
2) Loadholt - with another year of workouts and coaching, he's a solid RT
3) McKinnie - please come to camp weighing under 320!
4) Sullivan - get the calf injury healthy and mature another year
5) Herrera - weakest starter who will have hard time beating out a drafted OG to start
6) DeGeare - decent reserve. maybe he pressures Herrera for starting spot? Only if another OG isn't drafted.
7) Cook - decent multipositional reserve, but doesn't have ability to start.
8) Cooper - "I'll take Coop, you get the 2 nerds and lets play football." (memory from high school where I was sometimes one of the nerd pair)
t9) Olsen, Welch, Brown - long shots to fill out the roster
Can't believe I put McKinnie 3rd. Man we need upgrades on the O-line!