Top 3 Vikings needs for the 2020 NFL Draft: Early season edition

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This is surprising to write because it seems like the Vikings have been stockpiling cornerbacks in recent drafts. Due to injuries and suspensions though, they are suddenly very thin at the position. But after this season, things will likely get even worse.

Both Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander will become unrestricted free agents in 2020. These guys are both still on their rookie deals and both will look to cash in this offseason. Unfortunately, with the Vikings cap situation, the chances of them remaining in purple seem very, very bleak.

That puts Xavier Rhodes, Mike Hughes, and Holton Hill at the top of Minnesota’s cornerback depth chart for 2020. While that is still a solid trio, and better than what many teams in the league have, more depth is needed.

A cornerback may not be the Vikings’ first-round choice in 2020, but it should probably be addressed with a pick in the first three rounds.

Mike Zimmer is the cornerback whisperer. He knows exactly what he wants in a defensive back and he will keep close tabs on the incoming class as they go through the whole draft process.

Guys like Jeff Okudah, Trevon Diggs, Shaun Wade, A.J. Terrell, and Jaylon Johnson are just some cornerback names to watch in the coming months who could be nice fits for Minnesota next year.