5 best Minnesota Vikings cornerbacks of the 21st century

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Xavier Rhodes
(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Xavier Rhodes /
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(Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images) Antoine Winfield
(Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images) Antoine Winfield /

1. Antoine Winfield (2004 – 2012)

It’s not often in today’s NFL that cornerbacks are among a defense’s leading tacklers. But that was the case when it came to Winfield’s career with the Vikings.

For three-straight seasons from 2004 to 2006, the corner led all Minnesota defenders in solo tackles and in 2005, Winfield even led the entire Vikings defense in total tackles.

In addition to his outstanding tackling ability, the Minnesota cornerback did tend to find his hands on a at least a few footballs during each season.

With the Vikings for nine years, Winfield snagged a total of 21 interceptions (best of any Minnesota corner since 2000) and forced 11 fumbles. He also scored four touchdowns (two picks and two fumble recoveries) during his time with the Vikings.

Winfield was voted to the Pro Bowl three times during his Minnesota career and in 2008 he was a Second-Team All-Pro selection.

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Xavier Rhodes may be on track for a better pro career. But for now, Winfield is the best corner to ever wear a Vikings uniform in the 21st century.