3 reasons why the Vikings need to sign CB Ahkello Witherspoon.

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Reason 2: He spent time with Brian Flores in Pittsburgh

Although Brian Flores was coaching the linebackers in Pittsburgh, many forget he also had the title of Senior Defensive Assistant on Mike Tomlin's staff. Flores had his input on all areas of the Steelers' defense.

Flores got a front-row look at Ahkello Witherspoon during his short stint with the AFC North club. For Flores, his defense relies heavily on press man-coverage, and for Witherspoon, he's no greenhorn when it comes to playing man-coverage.

During his time with both San Francisco and Pittsburgh, he has been asked to play on an island, and when he has, he has more than held his own. Witherspoon has stated in years past that he is more comfortable as a man coverage corner than in zone coverage.

Unfortunately for Witherspoon, it always seems like when he's starting to put it all together, he ends up missing time and setting himself back.

Minnesota may just be the perfect situation for him. With the Vikings front office, along with head coach Kevin O'Connell, eager to see how Andrew Booth Jr. and Akayleb Evans fair in year two, Witherspoon could enter Minnesota as a quality CB4 behind Byron Murphy Jr., Booth, and Evans under Flores, but if that is the case he should see a decent amount of playing time in certain packages.