Minnesota Vikings select Oregon State OL Blake Brandel at No. 203

Dylan Mickanen
NBC Sports Northwest

With the 203rd overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Oregon State OL Blake Brandel in the sixth round.

His resume

- All-Pac Second Team in 2019

- Started 48 consecutive games

- Received a 93.1 pass-blocking grade by Pro Football Focus, the best mark in the nation, allowing just one sack and four hurries.

What the Vikings are getting in Brandel

The Central Catholic, Portland, Oregon product was one of the nation's best pass-blocking tackles in college football last season. The Vikings ranked 10th in sacks allowed last season at 2.1 per game. 

Brandel also had an 82.5 PFF grade for run-blocking and should find success operating in Gary Kubiak's zone blocking scheme that Dalvin Cook thrived in last season. 

Last season in Corvallis, Artavis Pierce averaged 6.0 yards per carry while Jermar Jefferson averaged 4.8 yards per carry, largely due to the blocking of the offensive line anchored by Brandel.

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