EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings continued the remaking of their offensive line Saturday, kicking off a busy day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft by selecting Oklahoma guard Dru Samia in the fourth round with the 114th overall pick.
Samia was a four-year starter at Oklahoma, who started off at right tackle in 2015 before sliding to right guard for the final three seasons of his career with the Sooners.
Samia is one of a handful of players who are able to say they blocked for multiple Heisman Trophy winners in their collegiate careers. He was present for four top-5 finishes by Baker Mayfield (three) and Kyler Murray (one) from 2015-18.
He was named co-Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year along with Kansas State's Dalton Risner and West Virginia's Yodny Cajuste in 2018.
The club followed in the 5th round by grabbing linebacker Cameron Smith out of USC. Listed at 6-foot-2, 238 pounds, Smith was a four-year starter in 47 games who attracted notice. Smith was honored as the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention, and was named a Freshman All-American while playing in just 10 games before suffering a knee injury.
In 2016, Smith earned All-Pac-12 Second Team honors as a sophomore, and won USC’s 2016 Trojan Way Leadership Award.
During his junior season the Roseville, California, native became the first Trojans linebacker to record more than 100 tackles (a team-best 112) in a season since 2012 and third overall since 2004. He garnered All-Pac-12 First Team from coaches and Second Team from the Associated Press.
Smith’s senior season was limited to 10 games because of injuries.
He is the first defensive player selected by the Vikings in 2019, after picking four athletes on the offensive side of the ball during the draft's first four rounds.
In the 6th round the team selects defensive tackle Armon Watts of Arkansas with the 190th pick, safety Marcus Epps of Wyoming with the 191st pick and offensive tackle Olisaemeka Udoh from Elon with the 193rd pick.
In the 7th round the Vikings pick up corner back Kris Boyd from Texas (217th), wide receiver Dillon Mitchell from Oregon (239th), wide receiver Olabisi Johnson from Colorado State (247th) and finally Austin Cutting, a long snapper from Air Force (250th).