Kris Boyd – CB
Slowly but surely the Vikings are cleaning up the secondary. They drafted two promising cornerbacks in April in Andrew Booth Jr. and Akayleb Evans. Both should be factors in the defense as rookies with Booth likely earning a starting job relatively quickly.
Patrick Peterson and Cameron Dantzler also return after having strong seasons in 2021 and should be the starters once the season begins. That leaves the Vikings with four very capable cornerbacks on the roster with plenty of youth in that group.
A competition between Kris Boyd, Chandon Sullivan, Harrison Hand, and several other veterans will likely narrow down the final members of the secondary. Given that Boyd has not done a very good job in his career to this point, his days are numbered.
Boyd really struggled to find his footing early on in his career. By the time he made a true impact last season, he was susceptible to penalties and even got a taunting penalty after one of his breakups.
He was far from perfect on special teams and could not do anything consistently in coverage. The youth movement is in full effect for Minnesota’s secondary, which means Boyd is trending in the wrong direction.
Harrison Hand would be my pick to be the fifth cornerback on the roster. That leaves the final spot up for grabs between Boyd and Nate Hairston, which I give the upper hand to Hairston.