Patrick Peterson will be replaced in the starting lineup
If there’s a big unknown with the Vikings, it’s that they don’t know what they have in the secondary. Patrick Peterson is a solid veteran that should be in Canton someday, but he’s approaching the twilight of his career. At 32-years-old, it wouldn’t be surprising if he dropped off, leading the way for Booth to take over.
Booth was considered by many to be a first-round prospect in this year’s draft but fell to the 41st overall pick due to concerns about his injury history. He later admitted he hasn’t been healthy since high school and has been dealing with an ankle injury throughout training camp. But when Booth is on the field, he is very good.
Booth ranked 45th in PFF’s coverage grades last season and was a cornerstone for the Clemson defense. Meanwhile, Peterson ranked 77th out of 137 qualifying cornerbacks last season.
Peterson claimed earlier this offseason that the reason for his low numbers was his inability to get into a rhythm with teams targeting elsewhere. If teams pick on Peterson, Booth could be the one to get the chance to step in.