5 cornerbacks the Vikings should keep tabs on in the 2023 NFL Draft

(Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images) Garrett Williams
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Garrett Williams (Syracuse)

Garrett Williams is another long defender with exceptional ball skills that could be available on Day 2 of the draft. An injury in 2022 will likely slide him down just a bit but his value in the third round is something that could intrigue the Vikings if they decide to wait on a cornerback.

Williams was best in man coverage but Syracuse rarely operated out of man coverage, which left Williams in a weird spot. He does not have the long speed to play in that role but his length, physicality, and ball skills set him up well for a press-man defense.

While I am not completely sold on Williams given his lack of experience in man coverage and the recent injury, it is worth checking in on him throughout the pre-draft process. He has the tools to be a fit with Flores entering the mix, especially if they cannot land a premier cornerback in the first round of the draft.

His length allowed him to break-up 21 passes to go along with four interceptions in 28 games at Syracuse. That sort of length will make up for some of the speed concerns, which Williams exhibited a handful of times in college.