3. Mekhi Blackmon - CB
The stat sheet looks empty for Mekhi Blackmon, and that is about as good of a thing as you could hope for from a rookie cornerback. The Vikings have been cautious with their rookie defender and have not asked too much of him just yet.
With Akayleb Evans struggling a bit, Blackmon got a decent look, and he looked every bit of an NFL cornerback. He finished the day with three PBUs, including an impressive breakup in the end zone to keep the Packers from cutting into the lead late in the game.
The goal all along has been for Blackmon to develop into a starting cornerback who can be a strong CB2 across from Byron Murphy. In limited action, Blackmon has proven to be on the right track and has not had any disasters in coverage despite the defense that Flores runs.
With so many blitzes and defensive backs left on islands, Mekhi Blackmon has been able to hold his own in coverage and make plays on the ball when they do throw his way.
This is still going to be a building year for Blackmon, and there will probably be some hiccups down the stretch, but he is trending in the right direction. Between Blackmon, Evans, Murphy, and even Andrew Booth, Minnesota should be excited about the cornerback situation.