5 Minnesota Vikings players to build around for future success

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Justin Jefferson
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Cameron Dantzler – CB

It’s been a sorry state of affairs for the Minnesota Vikings at cornerback in recent years. A series of failed high-end draft picks led to a lack of continuity and relatively little in the way of encouraging production, but there remains hope that Cameron Dantzler can maintain his impressive start since joining the team as a third-round pick.

Dantzler had the length, size, and athleticism to make a difference straight away. Thankfully for the Vikings, this scenario came to fruition despite some growing pains along the way.

Minnesota will be counting on Dantzler more than ever heading into Year 3 of his professional career. He is also the team’s No. 1 option at the position despite Patrick Peterson re-signing on a one-year deal.

Drafting Andrew Booth Jr. was a good start when it comes to building around Dantzler. More will be needed, but this represents a situation where the Vikings could have two shutdown cornerbacks long-term if everything goes according to plan.

It’s a big if. And fans will rightfully err on the side of caution after what’s transpired over the last decade.

The best thing about Dantzler is there could be much more to come. It’s therefore vital that the Vikings identify him as a core foundational piece that can lead the franchise back to prominence.