6 deepest positions on the 2021 Minnesota Vikings roster

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson /
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(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen /

Wide Receiver

Wide receiver is a position for Minnesota that is plenty deep as the season approaches. The Vikings simply have one of the best duos in the league topping this unit in Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.

Those two were a force in 2020 and they should be even better this year, as Jefferson should be more productive after playing a full season and having a complete offseason program under his belt.

Behind those two are Chad Beebe and Bisi Johnson. While neither of these guys are going to put fear into opposing defenses, they have developed into reliable role players who do their jobs well.

Beebe has evolved into the Vikings slot receiver and with his (mostly) solid hands, and precise route running, he has been able to produce with the scant number of targets he sees. Johnson is the fourth guy on the depth chart and he played well when Minnesota needed him to fill in for Thielen down the stretch.

The big wild-card will be fifth-round pick, Ihmir Smith-Marsette. He’s got great speed and is a fluid route runner and could push Beebe to be the slot guy. His addition alone makes this unit better than it was a season ago.

The Vikings also have a plethora of undrafted receivers like Whop Philyor, Myron Mitchell, and Blake Proehl, and one of these guys could emerge and earn a spot on the 2021 roster.

This unit has enough talent down the depth chart to be able to hold its own for a stretch if one of the studs at the top goes down with an injury. It also has some young players with breakout potential, making it a solid and deep group from top to bottom.