Vikings take Northwestern OL Rashawn Slater in Todd McShay’s mock draft

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Minnesota has a decision to make with offensive lineman Ezra Cleveland.

Despite playing tackle in college, Cleveland is coming off a rookie season where he played right guard. The Vikings could move him to left tackle this season after the team released Riley Reiff. However, there’s an argument to be made that Cleveland should stay at right guard.

So it might make sense for the Vikings to take a versatile offensive lineman in the draft. Maybe one who, like Cleveland, could play on the interior or exterior. That’s the kind of player ESPN’s Todd McShay has Minnesota taking in a recent mock draft.

Northwestern OL Rashawn Slater

Northwestern Offensive lineman Rashawn Slater. Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

If the team were to draft Rashawn Slater, that would make the decision easier. Slater could slot in at either guard or tackle at the next level, meaning the Vikings could put Cleveland in whichever spot suits him best. McShay tabbed Minnesota to draft Slater at No. 14. Here's what he wrote:

"Slater is super versatile and could play any of the five positions along the Vikings' line. That's a good thing, because it has a lot of holes -- Minnesota gave up 39 sacks in 2020, lost Riley Reiff and only added Mason Cole to the mix in the offseason. After rebooting the secondary, the Vikings now have to be focusing on protecting Kirk Cousins and opening lanes for Dalvin Cook."

Slater would be a good choice. I think Minnesota should draft a defensive end early, but if Slater is there at No. 14, the team should take him.

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