6 cornerbacks the Vikings could pick in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Kelvin Joseph (Kentucky)


  • Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 191 pounds

2020 Stats:

  • 14 tackles
  • 4 interceptions
  • 1 pass breakup

Although Kelvin Joseph is an early entry to the 2021 NFL Draft, teams should not be put off by his relative inexperience in a competitive environment. The cornerback mixed it up with some of the very best in the business last season at Kentucky and didn’t look out of place whatsoever. So there is every chance the prospect is only just scratching the surface regarding what he is truly capable of.

Joseph was so well thought of that he was tasked with going one-on-one with Florida’s stud tight end Kyle Pitts, who is projected to be a top-five pick this year, and he could revolutionize the position if he reaches his ceiling.

This tape is what teams like the Vikings will turn to when examining what the corner prospect could bring to the NFL. During his college career, his length proved more than useful both on the perimeter or working out of the slot.

Anybody expecting miracles from Joseph is going to be disappointed, at least initially. There is still some naivety to his play, which is to be expected with so little in the way of firm action to go off of. But once he rids himself of these complications with more in the way of reps, someone is going to have a real player on their hands.

If Minnesota is looking for an intriguing development project to learn behind their recently acquired veterans, then looking in Joseph’s direction wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world by any stretch of the imagination.