3 positions the Vikings could double-dip at in the 2023 NFL Draft

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The Vikings’ current cornerback depth chart is a bit worrisome. They have one high-level, experienced starter in Byron Murphy, but after him, it’s just loads and loads of inexperience.

After the Vikings cut Cam Dantzler and weren’t able to extend Patrick Peterson or resign Duke Shelley, it left Andrew Booth Jr. and Akayleb Evans as the next two up on the depth chart. One of those guys is currently projected to be a starter, and that is very concerning as neither has much experience.

Behind them are Tay Gowan and Kalon Barnes, who are both long shots to even make the final 53-man roster. The Vikings have to use at least one of their early picks on a cornerback and maybe use one of their later ones as well.

The Vikings could use pick No. 23 on a cornerback like Cam Smtih, Deonte Banks, or even Emmanuel Forbes. They could then address the position later in the draft with someone like Purdue’s Cory Trice, Kentucky’s Carrington Valentine, or Maryland’s Jakorian Bennett.

Double dipping at cornerback would actually be a wise move. It would create competition for the starting spot next to Byron Murphy, and it would also improve the overall depth. No matter what they do, the Vikings will go into the season with inexperience and youth at cornerback.