Minnesota Vikings met with a free-agent cornerback on Tuesday

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04: Dontae Johnson
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04: Dontae Johnson /

The Minnesota Vikings hosted free-agent cornerback Dontae Johnson on Tuesday. Johnson spent the 2017 season with the San Francisco 49ers.

Despite having the NFL’s second-best pass-defense last year, the secondary for the Minnesota Vikings is not in amazing shape heading into the 2018 season.

The Vikings’ top two cornerback spots on their depth chart seem to be set with Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes. But after that, no one really knows which corners will be filling out the rest of Minnesota’s 2018 depth chart.

Mackensie Alexander is apparently no lock to be the Vikings’ nickel cornerback next season and Terence Newman is still unsure if he will re-sign with the team or retire.

Other than Alexander, Rhodes, and Waynes the only other corners on Minnesota’s current roster are Horace Richardson and Marcus Sherels. The depth of this group is something that definitely needs improving before the 2018 season.

Minnesota Vikings
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Minnesota Vikings

Well on Tuesday, the Vikings actually met with a free-agent cornerback by the name of Dontae Johnson. Drafted in 2014, Johnson has spent the past four years with the San Francisco 49ers.

Last season, he started all 16 games for the 49ers and finished with 76 total tackles, seven pass deflections, and one interception.

Despite being a full-time starter on San Francisco’s defense in 2017, he still struggled a bunch. According to Pro Football Focus, Johnson allowed his coverage to catch 65 percent of their targets for 781 yards and five touchdowns.

That’s not good at all.

However, Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer is known for being somewhat of a defensive back guru. Could Zimmer find a way to turn Johnson into a successful corner for the Vikings?

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Even if Minnesota does agree to sign Johnson, expect them to still select a corner in the upcoming NFL Draft.