5 Minnesota Vikings players who could be replaced in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Which Minnesota Vikings players could potentially be replaced by incoming college recruits during the 2022 NFL Draft?

There is simply no telling which way the Minnesota Vikings are going to go during the 2022 NFL Draft. Fans built up a good sense of projections after so long watching Rick Spielman do his thing, but the general manager was fired after another season without playoff football and it remains to be seen how Kwesi Adofo-Mensah will approach matters.

Adofo-Mensah is a knowledgable individual who has gained a tremendous reputation across the league for his ability to spot the right talent from various front office roles. The Vikings need him to do the same in a true position of power, which could make all the difference as the team looks to bounce back next time around.

This is always an exciting year for fans and Minnesota has eight selections to get the right quality on board. For certain roster members, it’s a case of nervously looking over their shoulders and hoping for the best.

With this in mind, here are five Vikings players who could be replaced during the 2022 NFL Draft.

Player No. 1

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Troy Dye – LB

With Eric Kendricks now on the wrong side of 30 years old, it might be worth the Vikings finding a development project that could potentially become a successor to the All-Pro during the draft. There is little doubt that the linebacker has a few more good years of production left, but there is just no telling for sure and Minnesota needs a contingency plan in place for every eventuality.

Troy Dye appears to be fighting for the primary backup role along with Chazz Surratt right now. However, the former fourth-round pick just hasn’t shown enough to convince anybody he’s capable of filling such big shoes when push comes to shove.

This does appear to be a deep group of linebackers, so the Vikings might want to strengthen their options with a high-value selection in the mid-rounds. This could leave Dye on the outside looking in.