Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) looks on during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Future Is Bright For Rhodes In Minnesota


Despite missing time due to injury, rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes definitely made his mark on the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.

They knew exactly what they were after when Rhodes was drafted:  a physical corner who can play against some of the best wide receivers in the league.  And that’s exactly what they got.

Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) during the first quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

According to the Facebook page of the Minnesota Vikings, Rhodes led the team in pass breakups with 23 total on the season.  To put things in perspective, the next closest was Marcus Sherels, who totaled 14 this year.  Rhodes also added 48 total tackles and one forced fumble on the year.

If both Rhodes and Harrison Smith can stay healthy and the Vikings get them some help in the secondary, this unit in Minnesota could be one to watch in the upcoming years.

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