Which Minnesota Vikings players have seen their stock rise in 2020?
It’s been another rollercoaster campaign for the Minnesota Vikings, who were finally eliminated from playoff contention with a dismal outing at the New Orleans Saints on Christmas Day.
A frail defensive display was once again evident – which has been the story of the 2020 season – and there are sure to be some big changes in this particular area of the field during a pivotal offseason period for the organization.
The fact that the Vikings were even in a position to make the playoffs is a testament to how things improved immediately following their bye week. However, old problems have now resurfaced and with little in the way of salary-cap space to bring in quality reinforcements in free agency, Minnesota will once again be relying on their outstanding scout team to find some hot prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Nobody will be more frustrated at the way things have gone this season than Mike Zimmer. Although some regression was expected after some prominent departures in free agency and stud defensive end Danielle Hunter missing the entire campaign with a neck injury, the head coach will no doubt have expected more from some who won’t look back at their respective contributions with any sense of pride.
For others, it is a different story. Which Vikings players saw their stock rise during the 2020 season?
Player No. 1
Cameron Dantzler – CB
The Vikings made a bold move to part ways with Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackensie Alexander earlier this year. But they appear to have a player of immense potential on their hands in Cameron Dantzler.
Dantzler, Minnesota’s draft pick at No. 89 overall in 2020, went through his fair share of growing pains early on, which is to be expected of any cornerback entering the NFL. However, the level of maturity shown by Dantzler in recent weeks could see the former Mississippi State standout become another real find by the front office.
Couple this with the eye-catching production of Jeff Gladney and the Vikings might have their starting cornerback duo for the foreseeable future if both continue their impressive progress.