With the 18th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Garrett Bradbury, a center from North Carolina State University.
Originally recruited to the Wolfpack as a tight end, he redshirted for a year and then wound up moving to guard. He was a reserve at the guard spot in 2015 before starting 11 games at left guard in 2016. He then moved to the center spot, where he garnered All-ACC Honorable Mention. He continued to improve, and this past season won the Rimington Award, which is given to the player voted as the best center in college football.
Bradbury is now the second Rimington Award winner that the Vikings have drafted in three years, as Pat Elflein also won that honor when he was at Ohio State. With the selection of Bradbury, it will be interesting to see how the Vikings use him and Elflein as a tandem inside. One of the two of them is likely slotted to move to left guard, but at this time it isn’t clear which one it is yet. It’s definitely a developing storyline to keep an eye on going forward.
Welcome to Minnesota, Garrett Bradbury!