5 current Vikings with the best Hall of Fame chances

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Patrick Peterson has a very real case

The player with the best chance right now for the Vikings is a guy that hasn’t spent much time in Minnesota. Patrick Peterson earned a Hall of Fame bust during his time in Arizona with the Cardinals but is set to spend his second season with the Vikings in 2022.

Peterson was an electric defender early in his career with highlights coming on special teams as well. His resume as a punt returner helped boost his legacy ahead of his arrival in Minnesota.

The numbers are not glaring for Peterson with just 29 career interceptions and two forced fumbles but he has racked up plenty of accolades and honors throughout his career. The respect he has earned from his peers could be enough to get Peterson into the Hall of Fame at some point following his playing career.

Peterson is an eight-time Pro Bowler, three-time First-team All-Pro, and was selected to the 2010s All-Decade team. Not many cornerbacks in this era have been as consistent and impactful as Patrick Peterson, which makes his candidacy a bit stronger.

Similar to Harrison Smith, Peterson has lacked the signature moment as a defender but he does have some highlight-reel plays as a return man. Whether or not that will be enough to tip the scales in his favor is to be found out later.

Chances of Peterson reaching the Hall of Fame: 45 percent