The Minnesota Vikings are set with Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt as their starting offensive tackles. They are easily the best tandem in the division and on the league’s best.
The top reserves, however, are also primarily guards. Charlie Johnson is the starting left guard and likely backup to Kalil at left tackle. Recently signed free agent Vladimir Ducasse is expected to be the top reserve at both right guard and right tackle.
Beside the two starters, the only offensive linemen that are primarily tackles are unproven second-year veterans Kevin Murphy and Mike Remmers. Murphy spent all of last season on the Vikings’ practice squad. Remmers has had a more adventurous NFL career. He spent the 2012 season on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad after signing with the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent. He then spent last season with the San Diego Chargers and played in one game before being claimed off waivers by the Vikings.
The Vikings are unlikely to select a tackle early in the draft, but could be looking for depth in middle and late rounds. Here are the top five offensive tackles as well as an underrated, an overrated and a sleeper prospect.