4 Vikings that could benefit from the Brian Flores hiring the most in 2023
By Dean Jones
Andrew Booth Jr. – CB
Much like the situation with Lewis Cine, the Vikings don’t fully know what they have just yet in Andrew Booth Jr. The cornerback came into the organization on the back of a standout college career at Clemson, but a series of nagging injuries resulted in just six appearances and one start before he was put on season-ending injured/reserve.
This left the Vikings dangerously short of reliable options at cornerback. Patrick Peterson and Cameron Dantzler Sr. did what they could, but this area was often exposed by passing attacks who knew exactly where to do damage.
Hopefully, Booth’s health complications are behind him. This would enable the player to focus fully on helping to solidify a secondary that could be set for big alterations under Brian Flores.
Minnesota will consider spending another high-end pick on the position – especially if Peterson doesn’t come back. But that should not put off the new defensive coordinator from speeding up Booth’s own development with a view to potentially starting right out of the gate in 2023.
It’s a lot to ask from someone that’s lacking experience. Flores will place high demands on Booth throughout the preparation period, so it represents a sink-or-swim scenario for the second-year pro in no uncertain terms.
Booth was a determined figure in college from a character standpoint. If that fire remains, then Flores’ arrival could be the best thing that’s happened to the player since joining the Vikings.