5 questions left for the Vikings after the 2020 NFL Draft

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How will the virtual offseason acclimate 15 rookies?

The consensus feeling after this year’s NFL Draft is that the Vikings did a great job of finding players that can help plug the holes on their roster.

In a normal offseason, this would be great as rookies would get their own minicamp, OTAs, and a team minicamp to get acclimated to their new surroundings. But this year will not be a normal offseason.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all NFL team facilities are still closed. While some teams opted for more veteran players to plug their holes this year, Minnesota is banking on youth. This might be a dangerous situation considering the league has been relegated to a virtual offseason.

Many of us can attest that a trainer screaming at you from a Zoom call might actually help us get into shape. But the Vikings might not know what they have until they see these players on the field.

If OTAs and minicamp are officially called off, Minnesota’s first chance to get a hands-on look at these new players will be training camp.

This situation could become even worse when one considers that training camp and the start of the NFL season could potentially be pushed back as far back as late October.

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That would put all of these rookies in a steep learning curve heading into the season. Maybe this is overblown and the nonsense of offseason workouts will be proven correct. But without seeing the players on the field, the Vikings are making a dangerous gamble.