4 biggest priorities for the Vikings in the 2021 offseason

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Fix the defensive line

Some might think the defensive line won’t be that big of a priority for the Vikings in 2021 since defensive end Danielle Hunter and defensive tackle Michael Pierce are expected to suit up for the team next season. But Minnesota shouldn’t just twiddle their thumbs when it comes to this position group because Hunter and Pierce might play next year.

First off, no one has ever seen Pierce perform in Mike Zimmer’s defensive scheme. So there is no guarantee that he will even be a good fit for the Vikings.

However, Pierce really can’t be any worse than Minnesota’s two starting defensive tackles this season, Shamar Stephen and Jaleel Johnson. The Vikings have been terrible against the run this year and Stephen and Johnson being in the middle is a big reason why.

We also don’t know how much of an impact Hunter’s neck injury will have on his performance once he returns to the field. Even with little spending money in 2021, Minnesota should be looking to add a veteran pass rusher to their defensive line in case Hunter re-injures his neck or has to miss time due to a setback in his recovery.

After finishing with at least 48 sacks in both 2018 and 2019, the Vikings have only brought down the opposing quarterback 22 times this season.

Zimmer’s defense needs a solid pass rush to be successful, so improving this position group needs to be a top priority for Minnesota in 2021.