3 free agents who could help the Vikings immediately in 2022

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Jimmy Smith – CB

When it comes to depth at the cornerback position, the Vikings are definitely lacking. Minnesota’s group of corners is led by All-Pro Patrick Peterson, but after him on the depth chart is where things begin to get questionable.

Chandon Sullivan and Cameron Dantzler round out the rest of the starters, but on the bench, the Vikings have two rookies in Andrew Booth Jr. and Akayleb Evans, and an underwhelming veteran in Kris Boyd.

Despite his age (34) free-agent cornerback Jimmy Smith could still help Minnesota, at least in terms of improving their depth. Smith spent the last 11 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, and last year he allowed his coverage to only haul in 52.4 percent of their targets according to PFF. Opposing quarterbacks also only had a passer rating of 61.6 when they targeted Smith last season.

So do they need Smith to come in and be a starter right away? Absolutely not, but his experience and consistent level of play out on the field could provide some much-needed help to the Vikings’ secondary

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