Vikings 2020: Way too early 53-man roster projection

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Following their additions during the 2020 NFL Draft, who are the 53 players with the best shot to make the final roster for the Minnesota Vikings this year?

This has been a unique offseason for the Minnesota Vikings in more ways than one. Aside from all of the changes that have occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vikings saw the departures of a number of notable contributors this year, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

Minnesota’s starting defense is going to feature a number of new faces in 2020 with Linval Joseph, Mackensie Alexander, Trae Waynes, and Xavier Rhodes all signing with new teams this offseason.

Despite their departures, the Vikings still have a good amount of defensive talent remaining from their 2019 roster like Danielle Hunter, Eric Kendricks, and Harrison Smith.

Minnesota’s offense will look very similar to last season, minus a certain cryptic-tweeting receiver. Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, Kirk Cousins, and Kyle Rudolph will be looking to help the Vikings get back to the playoffs in 2020.

Over the next few months, Minnesota’s biggest task is going to be figuring out where all their new pieces are going to fit for next season. The Vikings added 15 rookies in this year’s draft and they even managed to add a few new guys during free agency as well.

Obviously, it’s only May and Minnesota still has a very long time until they will have to trim their roster down to the regular-season limit. But how would the Vikings’ 53-man roster for 2020 look if they had to make cuts tomorrow?