Vikings post-minicamp 53-man roster prediction

(Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) K.J. Osborn and Justin Jefferson
(Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) K.J. Osborn and Justin Jefferson /
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(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Adam Thielen /

Wide receivers (6)

  • Justin Jefferson, Bisi Johnson, Jalen Nailor, K.J. Osborn, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Adam Thielen

The dynamic duo of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are set to return as the starters for the Minnesota Vikings with K.J. Osborn being their primary backup. Past that, the depth chart gets a little more interesting.

Bisi Johnson is returning from injury and Ihmir Smith-Marsette is dealing with a lower leg ailment. Past that, rookie Jalen Nailor looks to be a speedy option that is likely to climb the ranks quickly under the new leadership.

For this position grouping, the biggest question mark is Dan Chisena, who could find himself on the outside of the 53-man roster due to all the new faces on the team who have a lot of speed and could shine on special teams. He will need to prove he can outwork the new additions.

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(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Irv Smith Jr. /

Tight ends (3)

  • Ben Ellefson, Johnny Mundt, Irv Smith Jr.

Undoubtedly the weakest position group for the Minnesota Vikings, the tight ends are led by Irv Smith Jr. who has yet to prove he can consistently stay healthy. If he can, this could be a breakout year for the young man.

Ben Ellefson will be the primary blocking back unless the Vikings decide to use C.J. Ham in that role since there are likely to be formations that don’t use a fullback in this offense. It would be a new look for Ham, but he has shown to have sneaky good hands to make plays when needed.

Johnny Mundt is a huge unknown, but he must be someone new head coach Kevin O’Connell likes a lot if he was one of the first signings made following his arrival in Minnesota. His potential is yet to be seen.