Dru Samia has been labeled as one of the better value selections in the 2019 NFL Draft when the Minnesota Vikings were able to move up in the fourth round to select another talented offensive lineman that could be a factor as early as this season. CBS Sports’ R.J. White was a fan of the Vikings moving up from the No. 120 overall pick to No. 114 and feels like the team received good value with the selection.
“Everything about this deal was solid for the Vikings,” White said. “They paid just about fair value in the move up, they addressed a position of need with the pick, and they got a guy at good value in Dru Samia. I can see him emerging quickly as a starter for a Vikings team that has to do a better job with protection, and he should have been on the radar for multiple teams between No. 114 and 120.”
Samia being available in the fourth round may be a surprise to some, but teams fall in love with measurables and he does not have the size that is ideal inside. With that being said, it is hard to find technically sound and smart offensive linemen as you move into the third day of the draft and Samia brings that to the table, as well as impressive athleticism in not only pulling situations but also in climbing the ladder and finding someone to block at the next level. He is not a mauler and might need to be schemed up a bit, but with the zone running philosophy coming to Minnesota, he absolutely could be a candidate to play fairly quickly even with Josh Kline already signed and penciled into that right guard spot. Samia has some things that are concerning to work on, but the good news is that most of it seems fixable and coachable.
The commitment to improving the offense started on the first night of the draft, where the Vikings proved some skeptical fans wrong when they took their biggest need of the draft and addressed it right off the bat with Garrett Bradbury, the draft’s best center prospect (who could also wind up at guard). The offense was again addressed on night two with tight end Irv Smith Jr. coming off the board in the second and running back Alexander Mattison being selected at the end of the third round after several trades back. They would open day three by taking another potential starting offensive lineman in Dru Samia out of Oklahoma. This was the first team in team history they spent the first four picks of their draft strictly on offensive players.
Vikings fans wanted offensive line help in free agency but did not get the big spending like some of them had hoped for. Instead, they settled on Kline, who they brought in as the probable starter at right guard to fill another spot up front in the trenches. They really just need Kline to be serviceable and a calming presence at the right guard spot as opposed to the be all, end all solution. His job feels guaranteed at this point, but he could get pushed by rookie fourth-round pick Dru Samia if should he somehow lose out on that job, it means that Samia was just that much better. Kline feels like an alright starter and a known commodity but has to be more of a Joe Berger presence in his spot as opposed to what Mike Remmers was there last year.
The Vikings moved up in the fourth round to take Dru Samia (suh-MEE-ah), a guard out of Oklahoma, with the 114th pick overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Rick Spielman said he was the highest ranked player on their board at the time, so let’s see why the Vikings made the move to get him.
Dru Samia brings needed levels of athletic ability and strength to play as a starting guard at the NFL level. With that said, he has a handful of technical deficiencies that handcuff his balance and ability to set first contact. Samia’s mobility projects best to a zone heavy rushing offense, where he can continue to use short area mobility to leverage defenders at the point of attack.
Samia will need to focus on eliminating the “clap” with his hands if he’s to reach his ceiling. – Kyle Crabbs, TDNHere are some game films from 2018 featuring the Oklahoma offensive line. Dru Samia is #75 and plays right guard. The toughest opposition was the Alabama defensive front featuring Raekwon Smith (#99) and Quinnen Williams (#92).