Projecting the Vikings cornerback depth chart for the 2020 season

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Depth and rotational players

I have a hard time believing the Vikings spent a third-round pick on Cameron Dantzler if they didn’t believe he could play right away. He has the length they desperately need on the outside and should be a key backup in case of injury. Dantzler lacks elite speed, but his length and ball skills are enough to make him stick on the roster.

After these four, we really hope that the Vikings will not need key contributions from any of the other cornerbacks. Any time you go five deep into the depth chart, things probably aren’t going well.

Harrison Hand has been mentioned as a future candidate at safety, so he may get some reps this summer. I think he makes the roster as a developmental piece who can contribute on special teams early in his career. That likely leaves one roster spot at cornerback, a special teams spot that comes down to Kris Boyd and Nevelle Clarke.

Boyd was a staple on special teams for the Vikings last year and he should fill that same role in 2020. Clarke, an undrafted free agent this year, will do enough to earn a spot on the practice squad and maneuver his way onto the roster if injuries pop up.