The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled. But how well did your team do in the first round?
We are taking a look back at every selection in the first round and giving you the lowdown on the pick; Was it a reach? Was it a steal? We’ll tell you and give you the impact for fantasy football….
Pick: 18th Overall
Player: Garrett Bradbury
Draft by: Minnesota Vikings
Like a couple of teams in the first round, it was offensive line, no matter what for the Minnesota Vikings. Whether that was picking up a tackle or an interior guy, again, it didn’t matter too much (the Vikings picked three offensive linemen throughout the draft, one tackle, two interior). As the draft grew closer a lot of people zeroed in on the pick being an interior guy and specifically Bradbury.
Why was that?
Well, 18 was a pretty nice sweet spot for Bradbury; interior offensive line is rarely picked in the top 15 and when you looked at the draft order, you couldn’t really peg Bradbury to a team ahead of Minnesota that needed a center as their primary need, so they were always likely to go elsewhere.
Having Bradbury also gives the Vikings to chance to relieve Pat Elflein of the snapping duties and let him concentrate on just being a solid presence. Elflein has been up and down since coming into the league and maybe less responsibility means more consistency. Whichever way they cut it though, they should be pretty confident that Bradbury will be excellent at either position – he was the best interior lineman in this class, after all.
This should be a boost to both Kirk Cousins, who along with this year’s draftees and Brian O’Neill, could have a young and athletic line to protect him and also the Vikings running backs, most of all Dalvin Cook.
Fantasy Football Impact:
Speaking of Cousins and the Vikings skill position players, they’re the main beneficiaries of the Bradbury pick when it comes to fantasy football. If you have any of those guys, you’ll be hoping that there are more holes to run through up front and time for Cousins to make his throws.
Can the Vikings reach the heights of a couple if years ago?