Corner options in the second round
Expect to see a plethora of corners fly off of the board between the Vikings’ final pick in the first round (25) and their first selection in the second round (58). This is where the second-tier of corners is going to be.
A team might not find a year-one stud, but there should still be some quality cornerbacks left for Minnesota in the second round.
Bryce Hall from Virginia is one that comes to mind. He’s a tremendous zone-coverage corner who has great instincts and ball skills while also playing his man very well. It’s a shame he dealt with a lower-body injury that held him out of the majority of 2019 or he could have been regarded as one of the better corners available in this year’s draft class.
Another corner to watch out for here is Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene. He’s another guy that plays really well in zone coverage, but he can also lock down a receiver in man-to-man coverage. He’s a scrappy player that tackles well for his size. He has some tremendous click and close burst and he plays through the hands of the receiver really well.
Corner options in the third round
At this point in the draft, the struggle to find quality starting-caliber corners is going to get tougher for the Vikings. But there’s still a lot of potential in a few of the guys that should still be left on the board.
One guy to look out for is Amik Robertson from Louisiana Tech. He’s someone that enjoys playing zone coverage in the deeper parts of the boundaries with his eyes in the backfield as he waits to make a play on the ball.
Robertson has really good short-area burst and tremendous ball skills that led to him grabbing 14 interceptions in his final three years at college. He’s also someone that is going to be in the mix on each play trying to make a tackle.
Another guy to watch for is former Notre Dame cornerback, Troy Pride. He really jumped off of the page at the Senior Bowl and he has been on the rise ever since. He should still be available near where Minnesota is slotted to pick in the third round and he could potentially push for starting duties on the outside.
Pride is another guy that plays his best when his head is up and his eyes are in the backfield to anticipate the quarterback’s decision so he can jump routes and make a play on the ball.