The Vikings will be just fine at cornerback
Much like the defensive line, the Vikings were concerned as to how their cornerback situation would look like after losing their top three corners. A lot was made of the Vikings’ inexperience at the position as Mike Hughes and Holton Hill would have to step up despite a combined five career starts (all made by Hughes last season), but the youth should help ease that curve.
Cameron Dantzler had his ups and downs in camp but should contribute earlier than expected. Jeff Gladney should get better as the year goes on after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus and even Kris Boyd and Harrison Hand could have roles.
It’s not an all-star cast, but it should suffice when you consider what the Vikings are replacing. Xavier Rhodes allowed a 127.8 passer rating (8th among qualifying cornerbacks) and an 84 percent completion rate (first among qualifiers). Meanwhile, Trae Waynes ranked sixth among qualifiers with 61 receptions allowed and Alexander was a middle of the road slot corner.
Even if this group doesn’t produce four All-Pros in Year 1, the Vikings will be OK. There will be a tougher quarterback schedule than a year ago, but if the young players can hit the ground running, this could be a group with plenty of upside.