Vikings Prospect Player Card: Braden Smith | OG | Auburn

A look at 2018 NFL Draft prospects who could be on Minnesota's radar.

As the NFL Draft approaches, Vikings Territory is taking a look at prospects that may interest the Minnesota Vikings. Since it’s evident the team would like to add a long-term offensive line starter at some point in the early rounds, let’s examine the players who could fit that mold.

  • School: Auburn
  • Position: G
  • Projected round: 2-3
  • Age: 22
  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 305 lbs.
  • Arm: 32 1/4″
  • Hand: 9 3/8″
  • Bench press: 35 reps of 225 pounds
  • 40-yard dash: 5.22 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 33.5 inches
  • Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches
  • 3-cone drill: DNP
  • 20-yard shuttle: 4.77 seconds

Vikings Interest: 9/10

  • Possesses an ideal frame for an NFL guard.
  • Pro Football Focus’ 3rd-highest graded guard in 2017.
  • Only allowed six pressures in 14 games last season.
  • Started 41 consecutive games at Auburn, playing both right guard and right tackle at a high level.
  • Well-rounded player in terms of excelling in pass protection, run blocking and blocking in the screen game.
  • He performed well at the combine, putting up the top vertical jump and broad jump numbers among offensive linemen.
  • Smith has a “nasty streak” in him. From veteran scout Brandon Thorn’s twitter feed:

  • According to his NFL draft profile, adjusting to the pace of the NFL game is a minor concern.
  • Slower than average reaction time when mirroring defenders.
  • As the cliché goes, Smith is good in a phone booth but not in open field, limiting his versatility. As a result, he struggles when asked to pull.
  • His performance on the field weakened as the season progressed.
  • Minor arm length and footwork concerns.

Bottom Line:

Smith has been flying under the radar as an OL prospect. He projects as an average-to-solid starter in the NFL.

Potential OL starters:

LT Riley Reiff – LG Nick Easton – C Pat Elflein – RG Braden Smith – RT Mike Remmers

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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  1. I could see the Vikings making him the pick in rounds 2 or 3 and going TE or defense at #30 ~ Lets not forget the heaviest OL on the roster now is 313lbs ~ There may be many more good OG\Center types who better fit this blocking scheme still on the Vikings board in the 3rd who are viewed as lightweights by NFL standards ~ And who knows for sure how the Vikings feel about the young OL on the roster now ~ ??? They could feel all Hill needs is more playing time ~ They guy has all of 3 or 4 starts in the NFL ~ Plus he a Remmers haven’t had time to work with each other as the right side of the OL ~ Lastly lets not forget the path Berger took before he became a really good player once he got with the Vikings and moved to Center ~ He came out of College as a OT just like Birk did before he was moved to Center ~

    All I know for sure is the draft should have started by now ~ LOL ~ I can’t wait to here the Vikings pick called or the trade back into the top of the 2nd while picking up a very high 4th rounder ~