EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings on Saturday began the final day of the 2019 NFL Draft by trading up to select Dru Samia with the 114th overall pick.
Samia (6-foot-5, 305 pounds) is from Sacramento, California.
He began his Sooners career at right tackle, where he started nine of 12 games as a freshman. Samia shifted to right guard after the first game of his sophomore season and earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.
The Oklahoma offensive line was presented the Joe Moore Award in 2018 when Samia also earned Second-Team All-America honors from the Associated Press and a First-Team All-Big 12 from the leagues coaches.
Minnesota sent the 120th and 209th overall picks to Seattle to move up six spots.
Oklahoma signed Samia (pronounced suh-MEE-uh) as a top 15 offensive tackle recruit nationally out of Sacramento. He started 9 of 12 games at right tackle his true freshman year. In 2016, however, after a start at right tackle in the opener, he was moved to right guard for the final 12 games to earn honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades. Samia stayed at right guard as a junior, starting 12 of 13 games played to land second-team all-conference honors. He was ejected in the Sooners' hotly-contested game against West Virginia for throwing a punch. Samia started all 14 games on the Joe Moore Award-winning Oklahoma offensive line in 2018, garnering second-team All-American notice from the Associated Press and a first-team All-Big 12 nod from league coaches.
Vocal leader who has cut his teeth with an Oklahoma offensive line that has dripped with aggression and attitude during his four years as a starter. Samia is a loose-limbed, athletic guard whose foot quickness and second-level agility make him much more attractive as a move guard rather than a base-blocking option. His length and movement skills are a big plus, but issues with core strength and body control at the point of attack must be improved in order to survive against NFL power.
- Good combination of length and athleticism
- Light feet get him out of stance and into pull blocks with good quickness
- Has agility to alter path and track moving targets in space as blocker
- Showed good feel for second-level angles against Roquan Smith in 2017
- Very able zone blocker with feet that find proper positioning on reach blocks
- Will ride defenders where they want to go and then turn/seal them with footwork
- Unlocks hips and explodes into targets on down blocks
- Very physical after initial contact with upper-body twitch to torque his opponent off-balance
- Has grip strength to sustain and "ride the bull"
- Adjusts mental assignment quickly when opponent vacates
- Athleticism allows for adequate recovery in pass protection
- Has lateral-movement skills to handle athletic rushers and spin-counters
- Has starting experience at right tackle and might be able to offer emergency tackle versatility
View photos of Vikings new G Dru Samia from Oklahoma who was selected in the fourth round.
- Despite flashes of power, core strength and body control need work
- Needs to do a much better job of synchronizing hands and feet to stay in front of opponents
- Gets pads rattled by stronger, two-gapping defensive tackles
- Needs to improve consistency of hand placement in both run and pass games
- Carries low hands in pass sets, allowing defenders to out-pace him into first contact
- Sloppy, disheveled footwork opens doors to the quarterback for rushers
- Marginal strength to redirect when opponents get into his edge
- Slips into waist-bending and lunging at times
- His edge can turn into "extra" if he doesn't control it on the field