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Quick Analysis: Willie Beavers

If you would have told me the Vikings would pass on Andrew Billings in favor of Willie Beavers, I would have thought you were half nuts. Nonetheless, Beavers is an offensive tackle with the upside to someday win a starting job. He needs a year in the weight room to get stronger in his upper body, but he does have the feet to play left tackle in the NFL. Beavers also has nice traits to play anywhere on the offensive line. My guess is the Vikings will groom him to compete with Matt Kalil at left tackle and hopefully have him ready to start by 2017 if needed.

The Vikings land another highly competitive guy in this fluid left tackle. According to his NFL.com profile Beavers is an easy mover who can excel in space.

Beavers can get off the ball quickly and can slide in pass protection allowing him to stay in front and mirror defenders. The 324 pound left tackle from Western Michigan is a three-year starter who earned first-team All-MAC honors as a senior.

Heading into the draft, I felt the Vikings were one offensive lineman away from finalizing the revamping process up front. My heart may have been set on Jack Conklin, but Willie Beavers is pretty good too.

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  1. Nice article Carl. Also agree that Conklin was one of my first round “dream” picks. But he is just too good, I never thought he would be there at 23 so I switched gears to hoping for Joseph, then a LB when he was gone at 14.. I hope Tread does become the next Dez! I was surprised that they did not take Billings in this spot. But I like this kid’s upside. He looked pretty good in the vid against Ohio State. Good size and good quickness for a guy his size. They answered their need for depth at LT and a possible eventual replacement for Kalil after the next season. Their biggest weak spot of last year has been exponentially improved with their FA moves and this pick. I hope the take Jeremy Cash in the 5th if he is still available and Hackett (punter from Utah) in the 6th. Pretty good draft so far. I questioned trading their 3rd rounder, but… a 3rd and a 4th for next year for sacrificing a 3rd this year.. plus the 6th this year. Gives them a little trade up ammo for the rest of this draft plus significant trade up ammo for next year’s 1st and 2nd round if they choose.

  2. Wrong pick. Beavers is a devolpmental OL pick, which is fine in rounds 6-7. But Billings would have helped us win right now on short yardage plays alongside Joseph. It’s seems too obvious to me.

    1. Was my opinion too. I can’t help but wondering it Billings public statement at the combine “The vikings told me they would pick me if I was available at 23” didn’t sour the Vikes on him. I did think it was important to try to find a guy to provide depth at LT though. He will provide that.

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