4. Holton Hill, cornerback
Much like the offensive line, the cornerback unit is going to look quite different. Gone are Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackensie Alexander and now a new group of defensive backs will need to emerge to take their place.
Mike Hughes will be one of the corners who will see a different role, but the team’s 2020 first-round draft pick Jeff Gladney might see the field more than a rookie probably should. Hopefully, Holton Hill can help to ease the growing pains that can come with the transition.
Hill’s biggest issue with the Vikings has been his off-field behavior. He has received suspensions from violating the substance abuse policy as well as using performance-enhancing substances. Minnesota will need him to be available after seeing their previous starter leave.
The good news is that Hill shouldn’t have to step up too much when on the field. When suited up, he can be a game-changer and a playmaker, which is very assuring since he is only 23 years old and should continue to grow and develop into the Minnesota Vikings defense.