Garrett Bradbury could play center or guard for the Vikings

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When the Vikings made N.C. State center Garrett Bradbury the 18th pick in the draft, most assumed he’d play the same position at the next level. That may not be the case.

Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, both coach Mike Zimmer and G.M. Rick Spielman have said that the team has made no decision regarding whether Bradbury will play center or guard.

If Bradbury plays guard, Pat Elflein would remain at center. If Bradbury plays center, Elflein will play left guard.

Bradbury played guard at N.C. State in 2016; he moved to center for the final two years of his college career.

Regardless of where he plays, Bradbury and Elflein are expected to make up 40 percent of an offensive line that has much work to do to make the Vikings competitive in 2019.

27 responses to “Garrett Bradbury could play center or guard for the Vikings

  1. Didn’t Elflein grade out kind of poorly at center last year? Maybe a switch to guard would be good for him. I guess we will see what the coaching staff thinks is best, but they need to play better this year, or it will be another lost season.

  2. This is just coach speak

    It makes a hell of a lot more sense to move Elflein back to guard, where he played 3 years at Ohio state and keep Bradbury at center

    Keeping Elflein at center would be a continuous disaster!

  3. Bradbury had better be the starting Center after Elfein’s play last season. It would not surprise me to see Elfein relegated to a back up role considering the top two OL drafted by the Vikings, and Josh Kline’s sizeable contract.

  4. Elflein played well at center as a rookie, but suffered a neck injury towards the end of that season.

    He missed training camp and the first few games last year and did not play as well as the year before.

    The Vikings will figure out who plays center and who plays guard.

    As long as they both play well, who cares which position they play.

  5. The Vikings will be using a different offensive scheme this year with Stefanski and Kubiak running the show. Fast athletic OL is what they are looking for. Where they play who cares, as long as the Vikings can “play action” keeping the pressure off Cousins. I don’t think they are done building the OL, I bet we sign a FA or trade for a starting tackle. I for one am looking forward to the start of the season. SKOL!

  6. Bradbury quickness is what the new blocking scheme needs from center.
    He will make elf look like a turtle.
    Bradbury C Elf maybe G or backup G

  7. Nice to have flexibility due to a great roster loaded with talent and not having to pay people extra to come to our team. In fact, a lot of players take pay cuts just to stay. SKOL

  8. 8-7-1 with that great roster loaded with talent.

    I think ye might be fooling yourself.

  9. From what I remember Elflein had a pretty good rookie season starting at center so if there were some problems last year it may have more to do with the play of the offensive line as a group. I get a kick out of some who think they know he’d be better at guard than center. truth is I have no idea and I’m certain Mr. no it all doesn’t either. I do have a feeling things will be different this year where ever each lines up. The good thing is we have 2 guys that can play the position and play it at a high level. Skol baby!

  10. Alan Light says:
    April 29, 2019 at 5:11 pm
    Nice to have flexibility due to a great roster loaded with talent and not having to pay people extra to come to our team. In fact, a lot of players take pay cuts just to stay. SKOL
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    That’s convenient! How does that fit with the all-about-the-money “guarantee” they signed last year, or was that then and this is now? If Barr is your example for taking less…….well……good luck. You get what you pay for.

  11. Non-story. It’ll shake itself out over the next 3 months and one will be Center and one will be the LG. The right side of the line is the real question mark now. Kline and O’Neill? That’s not scary to anybody.

  12. Guard, center? It’s like worrying about your mailbox when your house is on fire. As long as Cousins continues to lose to winning teams and in Prime time, its a question of little importance.

  13. Everyone keeps talking about Elflien moving to guard. I’ve got news for you. He isn’t even going to start. The O-line will be.
    LT: Riley Reiff | LG: Dru Samia | C: Garrett Bradbury | RG: Josh Kline | RT: Brian O’Neil

  14. The pundits keep spouting the Vikings were only 8-7-1. Sporano died. The O line was in shambles. The offensive philosophy was skewed by hiring an O-coordinator DeFillipo who was flavor of the month but didn’t really call the plays for Philly. That was the head coach Pederson who called them.

    The addition of Kubiak, Dennsion,O-line help, Irv Smith Jr. will change this offense enough to add 2.5 wins.

    The main problem is $. Rudolph will be extended and his base pay drop significantly or he’s gone. I don’t think he will be gone because they want to work a 2 TE Set.

    CJ Ham is expendable. He’s replaced by Irv Smith JR. Isadora is gone. He stunk on ice anyway.

    The Vikings need to do something about Cook because the dude has only played 15 career games. This is now his 3rd year. An injury prone RB with leg & hamstring problems. He can’t be counted on quite frankly. The Vikings shouldn’t have ignored this problem. They need a backup that’s dependable. They will keep a keen eye on training camp cuts.

    They are also going to get rid of Waynes and trade him to the Texans.

  15. This is no surprise at all & will happen. Elflein is not strong enough. Questions about his work ethic & rehab have been voiced in the building.

    fwippel says:
    April 29, 2019 at 2:25 pm
    Bradbury had better be the starting Center after Elfein’s play last season. It would not surprise me to see Elfein relegated to a back up role considering the top two OL drafted by the Vikings, and Josh Kline’s sizeable contract.

  16. Cheeseheads should be more worried about what the Lions will be doing with their draft picks than the Vikings. Ya know, Detroit, the team you’ll be battling 3rd place for.

    Your draft sucked and you still have only one WR for A-aron to throw to. You might be able to get to the QB, congrats, yet still have nobody in the secondary worth anything other than Amos. It could be a long first year for LeFlauer.

  17. Vikes fans may want to be concerned about what the Cardinals are doing.

    You know, the Cardinals? Who the Vikings will be battling for first draft pick next year?

    Your team didn’t sign anyone good in free agency, losing many of their own. Draft was rated as the worst in the NFC north by nearly everyone that rates drafts, and you still don’t have a QB that has beaten anyone with a winning record. In 4 years.

    Oh, and your secondary is worse than the Packers.

    It could be a long last year for Spielman and Zimmer.

  18. minneanderthals says:
    April 30, 2019 at 11:44 am
    Vikes fans may want to be concerned about what the Cardinals are doing.

    You know, the Cardinals? Who the Vikings will be battling for first draft pick next year?
    ——————————

    Yea I know the Cardinals. The worst team in the league last year and still beat the Packers at Lambeau.

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