Jump to content
SemperFeist

The Often Overbearing, But Otherwise Outstanding Offensive Line

Recommended Posts

1 hour ago, SemperFeist said:

 

Pat is listed second on the C depth chart. I think he will be the starting center, over Easton, for the  first game of the regular season.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Personally I want to see Easton at center because he has 2-years of experience with the team, and Elflein at RG.

Then once a better RG is signed they can move Elflein to center when he has more experience.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm biased just because I think we've had tremendous success in the past with a C from Harvard.  :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I want Elflein at C because I want to continue the history of success we've had at the position. I just don't think Easton will be much more than a temp starter until reinforcements are brought in.

To remind people of the history, let me bring over a post from the old site:

 

Center is arguably one of the best positions in Vikings history, regarding the number of players who've had strong careers there.

Mick Tingelhoff (17 seasons in Minnesota, started 240 games at C from 1962-1978)
Dennis Swilley (11 seasons in Minnesota, started 101 games at C from 1979-1986)
Kirk Lowdermilk (8 seasons in Minnesota, started 86 games at C from 1987-1992)
Jeff Christy (6 seasons in Minnesota, started 92 games at C from 1994-1999)
Matt Birk (11 seasons in Minnesota, started 123 games at C from 2000-2008)
John Sullivan (8 seasons in Minnesota, started 93 games at C from 2009-2014)


Some games missed were sprinkled in there due to injury or time off, such as Matt Birk's missed season in 2005 and Dennis Swilley missing the 1984 season, but it's still been a pretty impressive run. These six players have accounted for 735 of the team's 854 games all-time (86%). I would love to see Pat Elflein's name added to this list of longevity.

Elflein is the highest drafted on this list since Lowdermilk, another Ohio native who went to school at OSU. Lowdermilk was also drafted in the 3rd round, with the 59th pick in 1985.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

After our first preseason game, I'm still on the fence about Elflein. With his talent, he could become the next great Vikings center, but he has to learn to handle the snap first.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The starting line looked terrible last night. Hopefully that changes when Reiff gets back...hopefully that is soon. He won't make Remmers any better, but if Reiff is serviceable, at least we can have the TE and RB help on the right side of the line. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, CriminalMind said:

Hoping for

Reiff-Easton-Elflein-Berger-Remmers

 

I agree with this. I thought Elflein and Easton looked good together against Seattle. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
57 minutes ago, VikeManDan said:

I agree with this. I thought Elflein and Easton looked good together against Seattle. 

I still can't believe we got Elflein with the 70th overall pick.  I thought he would go late 1st/early 2nd.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, CriminalMind said:

Hoping for

Reiff-Easton-Elflein-Berger-Remmers

 

That is going to be, by far, the best OL combination for the Vikings.  Boone should be benched when he comes back from injury.  He's not nearly as good as Easton or Berger either one.  Assuming Reiff can come back from injury and play at a decent level at LT, and Remmers isn't a turnstile, that OL should be the best in years in MN.  Remmers is the weak link there.  The interior OL of Easton, Elflein and Berger looked really good together.  

That's a fairly young OL there too, aside from Berger.

Reiff 28, Easton 25, Elflein 23, Berger 35, Remmers 28

I saw a mock draft yesterday with the Vikes taking Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame in 1.  You replace Berger with him, and assuming the OTs are decent, you're set for the next few years at least.  The other ND OL, Mike McGlinchey, may be a better pick though, if you could slide Remmers in to G.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OL should definitely be #1 draft priority heading into the season. I think most would agree there. I wouldn't be opposed to trading up for a sure fire LT prospect if there is one. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It would be even better if Isidora pans out, and they could get McGlinchey.

 

McGlinchey-Easton-Elflein-Isidora-Reiff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



×