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When the dizzying game of musical offensive tackles ended Thursday, with arguably the top five available all switching teams, the Vikings were paired with Riley Reiff, a bookend they know well from their two-a-year clashes with the Detroit Lions.
It may never be revealed where Reiff ranked among tackles in the Vikings’ free-agent pecking order. So what? Reiff figures to solidify one of their two tackle spots, which was the team’s most glaring need and its top priority heading into free agency.
Reiff, the Lions’ 2012 first-round draft pick, started 69 games in his five years in Detroit. He predominantly played left tackle in his first four NFL seasons before sliding over to the right side in 2016, after they drafted Taylor Decker with their top pick.
Reiff, a 28-year-old native of South Dakota, played collegiately at Iowa, where he garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors his final season.
Reiff, whom the Lions picked 19 spots after Matt Kalil in 2012, has never been ranked by Pro Football Focus as one of the NFL’s top 25 offensive tackles in any season. But the only Vikings tackle who cracked the top 50 in PFF’s playing grading last season — and just barely — was Jeremiah Sirles, whom the Vikings would like to play at guard. Maybe Kalil would have done it had he not been lost in September.
Thursday, it was Kalil’s early-morning decision that got the tackle carousel spinning.
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