It’s been a decent offseason for the Minnesota Vikings so far but it’s not done yet. They still have a few holes to fill, but it’s not a dire need. They have a real shot at taking over the NFC North, especially with the Green Bay Packers losing Davante Adams. Regardless, we take a look at two moves the Vikings must make to complete the roster.
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Signing Za’Darius Smith was a huge acquisition for Minnesota. However, the defense could use some help in the secondary. It’ll be interesting to see if the front office makes it a priority, as the Vikings can live without adding a superstar talent. Even so, this franchise should highly consider drafting a cornerback early in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The offense is solid throughout and the Vikings have a chance to continue playing at a high level. Justin Jefferson is a proven elite wide receiver and the coaching staff is hopeful Dalvin Cook can maintain dominance. However, it’s time for this franchise to seek a legitimate replacement for Adam Thielen, which could turn this offense from good to great.
With that said, here are two moves the Vikings must make to complete their roster in the 2022 NFL offseason.
Vikings Offseason Roster Moves
2. Draft an exciting prospect cornerback
Minnesota’s defense is well-balanced, but an elite cornerback is clearly missing from the roster. The Vikings should highly consider selecting a cornerback within the first three rounds of the draft, as that could be the missing piece to their defensive unit.
The Vikings have decent cornerbacks as is, so it’s not like this is detrimental to their success next season. Regardless, picking up a talented cornerback could put this defense over the top and increase their chances of winning the NFC North. There aren’t many options available in free agency, so the draft would be the best route.
This could turn into a fantastic draft class for the Vikings. With the 12th pick overall, the front office could make a splash pick at any position. After that, we could see Minnesota aim to acquire a cornerback in round two or three. This would be an ideal scenario for this franchise, as they’ll have the chance to stack the defense through the NFL Draft.
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1. Find Adam Thielen’s replacement
Adam Thielen is likely going to play a major role once again. However, he’s getting up there in age and it’s time for Minnesota to find his replacement. The Vikings could give themselves a high-powered offense next season if they opt to select an exciting prospect in the draft. Who is stopping an offense consisting of Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, a talented rookie receiver, and Dalvin Cook?
That would be a tough group to slow down and based on how the Vikings performed last year, a solid rookie should improve their chances of winning more games. Minnesota would simultaneously set themselves up to win now and be ready for the future when Thielen eventually declines or retires.
There’s a chance Minnesota takes a receiver early in the draft. If that’s the case, they could select one of the top three prospects in Garrett Wilson, Drake London, or Treylon Burks. The Vikings would arguably have the best offense in the NFC North as they aim to finally take down the Packers.