MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings coaches, scouts and front office executives will convene in Mobile, Alabama, this week to scout the draft prospects participating in the Senior Bowl. And while the Vikings' task of rebuilding their offensive line could be made more difficult by their lack of a first-round pick and a draft class thought to be thin at the position, their time in Mobile should give them a good look at some of the players who might fit.
Only three linemen are listed in Scouts Inc.'s rank of the top 32 players in the 2017 draft, meaning the Vikings and other teams will have to sift through the group to see which players are worth a selection in the middle rounds of the draft. The Vikings hold five selections in the second through fourth rounds of the draft, so if they can find the right options to help their line, they'll have plenty of resources to replenish the group.
Here is a look at several of the linemen worth watching for the Vikings in Mobile.
Forrest Lamp, G/T, Western Kentucky: The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Lamp could play inside in the NFL, thanks to his arm length, but could raise his draft stock with a strong week in Mobile. He mostly played left tackle in college, and is a strong player with good feet, though he lacks the prototypical size teams want on the blind side. He's seen as a sharp, hard-working player who could have a long career as a guard or right tackle. He might not be the Vikings' answer at left tackle, but the team needs help at right tackle, as well, and could look at investing in its future at guard.
Taylor Moton, T, Western Michigan: A teammate of 2016 Vikings fourth-rounder Willie Beavers in college, Moton played right tackle at Western Michigan for new University of Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck. He could be attractive to Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano in the same way that Beavers was -- his "ability to dent people," as Sparano puts it. The 6-foot-5, 328-pound Moton bench presses more than 400 pounds. He'd have to adapt his footwork to better pass-rushers in the NFL, but he could turn into the kind of mauler the Vikings had at right tackle in Phil Loadholt.
Dion Dawkins, G/T, Temple: His technique would need some refinement in the NFL, and he'll have to answer questions about his arrest for his suspected involvement in a fight outside of a Philadelphia nightclub. Dawkins, though, is another player whose size (6-5, 320) and strength will earn plenty of attention from NFL teams. He wouldn't necessarily be the first option to help the Vikings' offensive line in 2017, but could turn into a force with some coaching in the NFL.
Adam Bisnowaty, T, Pittsburgh: He played left tackle in college, but could be another player that moves to the right side in the NFL, where his strength and aggression will serve him well. Bisnowaty might not have the agility and balance to handle speed rushers on the left side in the NFL, but he's got a nasty streak that complements his 6-5, 300-pound frame.
Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU: At 6-foot-7 and 301 pounds, Pocic certainly isn't built like a center, though he excelled at the position in college. If he moves to guard, he'll return to a spot he played at times for LSU, but he showed the strength to handle nose tackles and the speed to get off the ball in college, where he blocked for Leonard Fournette. The Vikings need to think about their future at center, with Joe Berger turning 35 in May and players like Nick Easton and Zac Kerin still developing, and Pocic could be worth a look at guard, as well.