4. Defensive Tackle
Sheldon Richardson was great in 2018, but he could be looking for a big pay day the Vikings just can’t afford. Tom Johnson will be 35-years-old next season and probably won’t be back. So that just leaves Jaleel Johnson and Jalyn Holmes as the guys opposite and behind Linval Joseph.
Johnson just hasn’t put it together when it’s counted and Holmes is still raw. Depth and competition are very much needed.
Minnesota could use an early draft choice on a big-time defensive tackle prospect or they could also look to the free-agent market. Problem with that is they currently don’t have a lot of money to spend this year, so they’d be looking at cheaper, lower tiered options.
3. Outside Linebacker
Antony Barr has likely played his last game in purple and the Vikings really don’t have a replacement for him on the roster. Devante Downs is the next man up, but he was a seventh-round choice a season ago, he lacks experience, and he is just a huge question mark.
Minnesota can replace Barr with an early round rookie in the draft, who has similar pass rushing capabilities as the Pro Bowl linebacker. Or the Vikings can add an aging veteran who is looking for one last run at a title.
Their current cap situation just doesn’t give them many options.