6 potential Minnesota Vikings draft needs for 2020

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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Jayron Kearse
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This has got to be the biggest broken record when it comes to myself and the Vikings at the draft. It seems like every single year safety is a need for this team and every single year, they either address it with a late-round pick or they fail to address it at all.

This year was no exception. Minnesota passed on a lot of talented safeties in the mid rounds of the draft before finally taking a guy from Wyoming that no one has heard of before. Marcus Epps could turn out to be the second coming of Harrison Smith and then the team’s needs at safety would be solved. But that is probably not going to happen.

The Vikings’ current safety depth chart is shaky at best. The team is set with the starters of Smith, who is one of the best in the league, and 2018 breakout performer, Anthony Harris.

Behind them are Jayron Kearse (who could be moved to linebacker) the aforementioned Marcus “No relation to Omar” Epps, and Derron Smith. If one of the starters goes down, things could get scary real quick.

What further compounds this issue and will force the safety need up the board is that Kearse is entering his the final year of his contract with Minnesota. He’s a guy who has carved out a solid niche on this team as an above average backup and studly special teamer.

The Vikings would love to bring him back, but they may not have the cap space. So if they want to improve the depth at this position in 2020, an early draft choice could be their best bet.