6 deepest positions on the 2021 Minnesota Vikings roster

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This went from being one of the bigger areas of weakness on the Vikings to possibly the strongest overall position on the entire team. The reason for this was because of the players Minnesota was able to sign in the offseason.

Knowing they needed some veteran leadership in their cornerback room, the Vikings went out and signed future Hall of Fame corner Patrick Peterson. He may not be the same player he was three years ago, but he’s been around quite a while and will be a huge help to the development of Cameron Dantzler and the rest of the Vikings’ young corners.

They also went out and brought back one of their own in Mackensie Alexander. He really turned it on his last couple of seasons in purple and will excel once again in his return to playing the slot for Mike Zimmer.

These two veterans will be joined by the aforementioned Dantzler who was extremely impressive as a rookie in 2020. It’s unclear if Jeff Gladney will be back due to his impending legal issues, but behind those three are talented young players Harrison Hand and Kris Boyd.

That puts this position five deep if Gladney does end up missing time, and six if he’s able to avoid any sort of suspension. The Vikings also signed two more veterans for good measure in Tye Smith and Parry Nickerson to give this entire unit an added boost.

Minnesota’s cornerbacks were a young and inexperienced group last season as they were forced to learn on the fly. That won’t be the case this season, and this group should go from being one of the biggest weaknesses to one of the stronger parts of the defense.