5 strongest positions on the 2019 Minnesota Vikings

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs
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(Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images) Kyle Rudolph
(Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images) Kyle Rudolph /

2. Tight End

After the 2019 NFL Draft and the recent contract extension for Kyle Rudolph, it’s hard to argue that tight isn’t the second-strongest position on the 2019 Vikings.

Let’s start with the aforementioned Rudolph. He’s been one of the better tight ends in the NFL for quite some time. He may not be up there with the Travis Kelces or Rob Gronkowskis of the world, but he’s just a small notch below.

Rudolph is coming off another solid season in 2018 that saw him finish with 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns. This guy is the definition of consistent with his performance on the field and he is also a star off of the field with his involvement in the community.

Behind, or maybe it’s best to say opposite, Rudolph is rookie Irv Smith Jr., who Minnesota used a second-round draft selection on this year. Smith is a dynamic pass catcher who can make big plays after he gets the ball in his hands.

He and Rudolph will likely line up in a lot of two tight end sets during the upcoming season and opposing defenses won’t know which one to try to stop.

After Smith on the depth chart is a great blocking tight end in David Morgan. He won’t have the sexy numbers like Smith and Rudolph will, but he’s a key part to the Vikings’ offense and he’s a guy coaches absolutely love.

Second-year man Tyler Conklin rounds out Minnesota’s current tight end depth chart. He didn’t have an overly impressive rookie season in 2018. But he has looked good so far during offseason practices and he could be kept as the Vikings’ fourth tight end for 2019 if they choose to roster that many.