5 biggest Vikings concerns after the 2022 NFL Draft

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Wide receiver depth

Adam Thielen’s injuries are still a moderate concern, but it’s football and they happen all the time. Still, the team needs to be prepared for situations like that, and the current roster has plenty of room to improve.

Yes, Justin Jefferson is a god and K.J. Osborn has shown brilliance lately, but beyond that, it’s living on a prayer. Ihmir Smith-Marsette is very much still just as much of a project as the rest of those behind him are.

There is a very real chance rookie receiver Jalen Nailor emerges as an additional threat now that it’s been made public knowledge that receivers coach Keenan McCardell campaigned for the Vikings to draft him. Remember, he’s still a rookie, and there will certainly be an adjustment period before he has an opportunity to make any sort of notable impact.

Don’t forget, Jefferson is due for an extension in the coming years, and Minnesota will want some affordable young talents to turn to when it’s time to adjust the roster for what is going to be a very hefty payday.

The Vikings should be able to get through the upcoming season with their current group. But any injuries to the top three receiving options could cut Minnesota’s season short if they’re serious enough. This may very well be most fans’ worst nightmare.