Left Tackle: Riley Reiff
Reiff was signed after spending time in Detroit. Minnesota wanted an upgrade at left tackle after Matt Kalil did not perform up to expectations since his rookie season. Reiff could prove that he’s an important piece of this offense line for the next few years.
Left Guard: Alex Boone
The most vocal player on the offensive line is Alex Boone. Boone had a decent season last year, but needs to play at a higher level in 2017. He solidifies the left side of the Vikings offensive line, and can make the transition for newcomer Reiff and Elflein easier.
Center: Pat Elflein
Nick Easton has received primary snaps at center but it won’t be long until Elflein is the starter here. Elflein was one of the best centers in college football last year and he has some experience playing at guard. Elflein can improve this offensive line immediately, but will need to learn all the checks necessary to be a starting center in the league.
Right Guard: Joe Berger
The move to right guard will be a good one for Joe Berger. His veteran presence will help the new additions as well as get Elflein up speed to be a dominant center. Vikings drafted Danny Isidora, who has experience playing right guard. If Berger decides to retire, Isidora becomes a good candidate to slide into that spot. Berger still brings a high level of play, per pro football focus graded at 87.9 in pass protection. As one of the top centers in the league last year, his return allows flexibility along the offensive line.
Right Tackle: Mike Remmers
Remmers spent some time with the Vikings in 2013 before going to Carolina. Remmers will be the team’s starting right tackle after a tumultuous season from TJ Clemmings in 2015, and inconsistencies in 2016 the Vikings hope to have some stability in 2017. Remmers has shown to be an effective run blocker, but will need to continue to refine his pass blocking technique.
The Vikings primary backups for the 2017 will be asked to be plug-and-play players should an injury happen. The Vikings have depth on the roster, but the concern has always been with the starting five. If the Vikings can avoid the back ups seeing substantial time, they will likely have a better season than 2016.
Other Offensive Linemen