EAGAN, Minn. (Minnesota Vikings) -- The Vikings on Thursday drafted center Garrett Bradbury out of North Carolina State with the 18th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Bradbury is the first interior offensive lineman selected by the Vikings in a first round since guard Randall McDaniel in 1988.
Bradbury started all 13 games for the Wolfpack in 2018 and claimed the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s best center. He also was First-Team All-ACC and a consensus All-American.
The Charlotte, North Carolina, native started the final 39 games of his career after transitioning from playing tight end in high school to guard in 2015, when he started 13 games. Bradbury moved to center the following season and garnered All-ACC honors as a junior who opened all 13 games at center.
He earned his degree in business supply operations management in December of 2017.
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah was the first to comment on the selection of Bradbury on NFL Network’s broadcast. He said Bradbury is the “best center in the draft.”
“Well done, and Kirk Cousins, we don’t have video of him, but he’s celebrating along with Garrett Bradbury,” Jeremiah said. “This is the best center in the draft and one of the best to come out in the last handful of years. I call him the ‘Grim Reacher,’ Coach [David Shaw], because I’ve never seen somebody reach more guys in the run game than what Garrett Bradbury does.
“He is outstanding with his quickness,” Jeremiah said. “You think about guys he reminds you of, you go back and look at Jason Kelce and Ryan Kalil, he is that type of center. The quickness is off the charts.”