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Vikings select...Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh

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Tier 3

4a. Brian O’Neill, LT, Pittsburgh

Standout Traits – Athletic Ability, Play Speed, Zone-Blocking
Biggest Question Mark – Play Strength, Anchor, Hand Usage

O’Neill is the most intriguing developmental tackle in the draft class. The former tight end convert switched to tackle prior to his redshirt sophomore year and has primarily played right tackle prior to the 2017 season, making the switch full-time to the left side (finished career with 24 RT/13 LT starts). His functional athleticism is elite, particularly in space as a puller where he demonstrates special closing speed to overrun smaller/quicker defenders in space. His pass set is crisp and clean, but his hand placement, strike timing, and precision hitting set points still needs some work.

The biggest issue I have with his projection to the NFL involves below average play strength, especially when having to build his house and transition to anchor vs. power-rushers. Sometimes this can be mitigated as much with technical refinement as adding raw strength, and I think he will need to improve in both areas before he can be reliable on an island in pass-protection. The N.C. State game this year showed me both of the aforementioned strengths and weaknesses, in a performance that left me ecstatic about his pro prospects on some reps, and terrified on others.

If he can be brought along slowly with plenty of slide protections to his side to help protect his inside shoulder, we could be looking at a dynamic starter near the end of his first contract. Ideally, he would be drafted to a team in a heavy zone scheme allowing him to play in as much space as possible, utilizing his quickness and play speed while he continues to gain confidence and strength

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Just needs to get stronger. Athletically, good. Great feet, and good technique. 

 

NEEDS to get stronger. 

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1 minute ago, SemperFeist said:

It’s not Orlando Brown. 

Just about the exact opposite. 

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Super athletic... raw.... already better than where Clemmings in currently. Still a slight project, but probably will start at RT. Will be a battle with him and Hill. 

 

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I like O’Neill, but I was hoping he’d have been the second o-lineman we drafted as a developmental guy. 

Hopefully he learns and develops faster than Clemmings

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6-7, long arms, truly elite athlete at the position and only has played OL for 3 years so he is just scratching the surface of his ability. massive upside

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3 minutes ago, rpmwr19 said:

Just needs to get stronger. Athletically, good. Great feet, and good technique. 

 

NEEDS to get stronger. 

Could have sworn I read this about another OL they took, who's no longer in the NFL...

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4 minutes ago, rpmwr19 said:

Just needs to get stronger. Athletically, good. Great feet, and good technique. 

 

NEEDS to get stronger. 

Seems like the type we want, good athlete, good feet.

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Just now, PrplChilPill said:

Definitely not a starter. Sigh.

How is he any less of a starter than some of the guys selected earlier in the round? He might be a bit raw, just have to see if he can be coached up. 

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2 minutes ago, PrplChilPill said:

Definitely not a starter. Sigh.

Just a ridiculous statement. He starts day one. 

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