Over the past few years "the experts" have ragged pretty hard on the Minnesota Vikings offensive line. That said, last year the consensus was they took a pretty big step forward by drafting Pat Elflein and bringing Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers in through free agency.
But that's not what ProFootballFocus.com said in their most recent pre-season rankings of the offensive lines throughout the entire league.
According to their experts at PFF, the Minnesota Vikings offensive line ranks in as the 28th best offensive line in entire league and the worst offensive line in the NFC North.
Here's what they had to say:
While the Vikings line certainly made strides in 2017, Case Keenum was still the third-most frequently pressured quarterback in the NFL. After investing heavily in it last offseason, their starting five may very well remain status quo heading into 2018. The only likely change is if second-round pick Brian O’Neill can win the starting right tackle job. Based on his 1-on-1 performances at the Senior Bowl though, where he won only 27 percent of his reps, he may not be NFL ready anytime soon.
In fact, after one of their most successful seasons ever, the Vikings offensive line actually dropped 6 spots in one year from #22 in 2017.
It should also be noted that there has been a rather public feud between the folks at PFF and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer has publicly criticized the ratings system at PFF specifically when it comes to the offensive line as there is too much unknown from the an outside perspective.