Safety almost wasn’t included on this list as the depth is lacking. But when the top of the depth chart has two of the best currently in the game, the position can only be seen as a strength.
The Vikings had been looking for a partner in crime for Harrison Smith for years and they finally found one recently with Anthony Harris.
Harris came in as an undrafted free agent back in 2015. He paid his dues on special teams and he worked his way up the depth chart to becoming the star player he is today.
Harris is an exceptional cover safety. He can lock down his man to the point where teams just don’t throw the ball his way anymore. He also has great ball skills and he led the team in interceptions a season ago.
Harrison Smith is just an all-around great player. He can come up and play in the box, attacking the line of scrimmage. He can also cover a ton of ground in the secondary, he has great instincts, and he plays the ball extremely well when it’s in the air. As long as these two guys stay healthy, safety is one of the strongest positions on Minnesota’s current roster.
That is the issue though. If either Harris or Smith gets hurt, the Vikings could be in trouble. The primary backups at both positions are rookies. Whether its Josh Metellus, Brian Cole II, or Myles Dorn filling in, all of these guys were a late-round pick or an UDFA who lack experience.
While the overall depth is lacking for the position group, Minnesota is so solid at the top when it comes to safety, that this position has to be considered one of the strongest on the team.