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2017 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Select Pat Elflein

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The Vikings shift their focus to the offensive line

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

After using their first round selection on Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, the Minnesota Vikings shifted focus to the guys up front that will be blocking for him, and got a guy they can build around for a long time.

After making another trade up, this one for nine spots, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Ohio State University center Pat Elflein.

Elflein was the 2016 Rimington Award winner as the nation’s top center, and was also a First-Team All-American. He also has some positional flexibility, as he started games at right guard for the Buckeyes before shifting over to the center spot.

That’s pretty important for the Vikings, as they have an immediate need at the right guard spot. They also have Joe Berger at center this year, and he’s in the final year of his contract. So, if Berger moves on after this year, Elflein could move into the center spot.

Just like the Cook pick, this is another great selection for the Vikings. They get an immediate starter in the third round, and they get a guy that can be a long-term foundation for their offensive line going forward.

Welcome to Minnesota, Pat Elflein!

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