5 weakest positions on the Minnesota Vikings 2020 roster

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The Vikings have plenty of talented young cornerbacks. But that’s the problem, they’re young. Minnesota’s cornerback corps lacks experience and they could go through a season of growing pains before it becomes a strength on this defense.

The group is led by Mike Hughes and Holton Hill, who combined, have a total of nine starts in their careers. Not only do they lack starting experience, but they both have their issues.

Hughes has had troubles staying healthy and Hill has had issues staying out of trouble. Neither has proven to be reliable and going with these two as the starters in 2020 could be a risky move for Mike Zimmer to make.

The other “veteran” on the team is Kris Boyd. Boyd progressed nicely throughout his rookie campaign last season, but he only logged 96 defensive snaps and he didn’t start a game. Experience-wise, he doesn’t have that much more than the new faces coming in.

Speaking of those new faces, the majority of Minnesota’s current cornerbacks are rookies. During this year’s NFL Draft, they added Jeff Gladney in the first round, Cameron Dantzler in the third, and Harrison Hand in the fifth.

While these three all have talent, it often takes rookie corners a year or two to acclimate to the pros, and sometimes even longer to pick up Zimmer’s coverage schemes.

The future of the Vikings cornerback corps is very promising. However, it could take at least a season for this group to jell and in 2020, this learning curve could prove to be costly.