Vikings Projected to Extend Elite Lineman, Former 1st-Round Pick

Christian Darrisaw, Vikings

Getty Left tackle Christian Darrisaw of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Minnesota Vikings are building for the future and a recent first-round selection figures to solve a big piece of the roster puzzle for years to come.

Left tackle Christian Darrisaw was playing at an All-Pro level before concussion issues disrupted his second professional campaign mid-season. Pro Football Focus still ranked Darrisaw the second-best offensive tackle in the NFL out of 81 players who qualified at the position in 2022 with an overall player grade of 90.4.

Playing a premium position, the No. 23 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft figures to be a top priority for the Vikings when he comes up for extension eligibility in the summer of 2024. Matt Verderame of Sports Illustrated projected on Friday, May 26, that Minnesota will pick up the lineman’s fifth-year option before extending him long-term.

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