The Vikings cornerback group was brutal in 2021. Patrick Peterson was the best of the bunch and he had plenty of lows mixed in with his solid games. Minnesota boneheadedly signed Bashaud Breeland who was horrible all season long.
In doing so, the Vikings demoted Cam Dantzler and perhaps that move shattered the kid’s confidence as he wasn’t nearly the same player he was as a rookie, leaving way too much cushion and struggling to stay on his man.
Mackensie Alexander was awful as the nickel corner, and like Peterson, he only signed a one-year deal. Backups Kris Boyd, and Harrison Hand should be battling for their careers in training camp next summer, and the team may need to use more than just their first-round pick to flesh out the depth chart here.
With the cornerback group devoid of depth, and lacking a quality starter, talking one at pick No. 12 is a very strong possibility. They’d love to see Derek Stingley on the board but that is unlikely.
They could see options like Andrew Booth Jr., Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, and Trent McDuffie. Vikings fans may cringe at again addressing cornerback in the first round, but it is arguably the team’s biggest need and thinnest overall position on the entire roster.