Vikings Training Camp 2020: Predicting the cornerback depth chart

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Which Minnesota Vikings corners will open the season at the top of the depth chart?

For years, the Minnesota Vikings have been able to lean on their secondary when their defense has been in trouble. With Xavier Rhodes leading the way and earning an All-Pro selection in 2017, throwing on the defense was a tough proposition for opponents and we didn’t even mention Trae Waynes or Mackensie Alexander‘s performance.

But as the Vikings enter the 2020 season, they enter a new era at the cornerback position. Rhodes was released after a steep decline over the past two seasons. Waynes and Alexander decided to leave for the greener pastures with the Cincinnati Bengals. And the players they currently have as their elder statesmen have major question marks.

Fortunately for Minnesota, they spent a large chunk of their draft capital trying to rebuild the cornerback position this year. With Jeff Gladney, Cameron Dantzler, and Harrison Hand, the Vikings are hoping they can find some combination to get their defense back to the dominant unit it has been since Mike Zimmer became the team’s head coach in 2014.

While the long-term prognosis looks solid, the 2020 outlook for this group has major issues. As training camp begins, we look at how the depth chart stacks up and how it could change over the course of the season.