Jun 7, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. © Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.
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Jun 7, 2022; Minneapolis, Minn., USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. © Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.
If you have GARRETT BRADBURY written in ink on your Minnesota Vikings depth chart, be prepared to do some scribbling.
The Vikings embark on the 2022 season in three months with a new general manager and head coach, presumably with Bradbury, who enters his fourth season, as the starting center. But that conclusion is not forgotten. As Vikings mandatory minicamp heats up, Bradbury is merely a front-running contender for center, not the anointed starter.
Bradbury is an odd gridiron creature, excellent in run-blocking for halfbacks like Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. Yet, his pass protection for Kirk Cousins is worrisome — and has been for three seasons. And when a franchise uses 1st-round draft capital on a center, the draftee should be a seemingly guaranteed Pro Bowler. Bradbury is not a likely guaranteed Pro Bowler. Otherwise, teams can use the later rounds of the draft to discover a starting center.