Minnesota lacks depth and draft picks
Summing everything together, the Vikings do not have the draft picks or the depth to really turn things around quickly. The only way they will be able to do so is if they trade players like Cousins, Thielen, and Hunter for draft picks. Cousins could probably fetch a strong return that would include a first-round pick and another mid-round selection.
The others have a very interesting situation and the value may never be what the Vikings want in return. They cannot simply sell good players for a low value just because of the money because that could very easily come back to burn them.
Given how bad injuries have been with this team, it is important to add quality depth across the board. When players like Eric Kendricks miss time, there is quite literally nobody with experience ready to fill in. A defense that relies on Troy Dye and Blake Lynch is going to put up the numbers that the Vikings have had lately.
That is also true for the defensive line and secondary. D.J. Wonnum has been nothing special in his two seasons, yet he is the team’s top pass rusher.
To make the lack of depth worse, the Vikings do not have all of their draft picks in 2022, thanks to some questionable choices by Rick Spielman. With no fourth-round pick this time around, Minnesota could very well miss out on another depth piece in the middle of the draft.
The Vikings are going to need a lot of retooling over the next two offseasons before they can be taken seriously. Some General Managers may not be patient enough to let that happen.