4 positions the Vikings won’t be adding to in the 2023 NFL Draft

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The chances of the Vikings drafting a pure safety in 2023 are very slim. They could take a versatile cornerback/safety like Brian Branch, but drafting a player who is strictly seen as a safety isn’t going to happen.

Minnesota’s depth at the position is already strong. Harrison Smith restructured his contract to finish his career where it began, so he’ll be back as a starter.

Last year’s first-round pick Lewis Cine is expected to be ready to go, and he’ll be hungry to prove himself. Minnesota also has Cam Bynum returning, he was a starter last year, and then Josh Metellus fleshes out the depth, and he played very well when pressed into duty in 2022.

In a normal year when the Vikings have all seven of their picks, they could’ve looked to grab a safety. Smith won’t be around forever, and Metellus will be a free agent at the end of the season.

For 2023, this is a position that the team is probably one of the deepest at. They don’t have to address it in this year’s draft, and that’s a good thing because, with only five choices in their pockets, they won’t be able to afford to.