The Minnesota Vikings offensive line performed quite well in 2013. Pro Football Focus graded them out as the seventh-best pass-blocking unit and sixth-best run-blocking unit in the NFL. However, they likely will add some depth at guard during the offseason.
"With a new head coach and a new offensive coordinator in the fold, with starting left guard Charlie Johnson scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency on March 11 and with a full complement of draft choices plus Seattle’s third-rounder from the Percy Harvin trade, it would not surprise me in the least to see the Vikings add an offensive guard this offseason," wrote Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com.
There aren't any high-end guards in this year's draft, so we shouldn't expect the Vikings to take one with the No. 8 overall pick. In fact, ESPN NFL Insiders Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. didn't put a guard in their top-32 rankings or initial mock drafts. If the Vikings are going to add some help at guard via the draft, they likely will have to do so later on, as they have done in recent years.
"One name to keep in mind through all of it is Jeff Baca, who was drafted in the sixth round last year out of UCLA and will be in line to compete for playing time at guard this offseason," Wobschall added. "I’d also be remiss without mentioning Brandon Fusco, a player I feel has steadily progressed since being drafted by the Vikings in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. Hitting on players such as Fusco is key to building a talented roster that can compete for the long-term."
The top guard prospects include the likes of Baylor's Cyril Richardson, Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson, LSU's Trai Turner and Stanford's David Yankey. Those players likely will be Day 2 picks in the draft and could be targeted by the Vikings.