The Vikings rode a solid defense, consistency at quarterback, and some big plays all the way to the NFC Title Game. Although the Vikings had some early injuries, especially on offense, they played good defense all year en route to a division title.
The Vike’s have to figure out their cloudy quarterback room. It is the big question for their offseason. Case Keenum, their backup, played well most of the year and into the playoffs. Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Bradford, who have both started in Minnesota, are free agents, as is Keenum.
How they choose to proceed will have big implications for how they handle this pick. They need offensive line, cornerback, and defensive line help, otherwise.
Rankin is a 6-5, 315 lbs., with some upside. Whatever quarterback ends up in the Twin Cities, will need better protection, plus rookie running back, Dalvin Cook, should be back to pick up where he left off prior to his injury.
Rankin has worked hard to improve and has the requisite size and speed to play tackle. Also, he will not be forced to play the left side in Minnesota, alleviating some pressure.