5 most explosive players on the 2023 Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson / Adam Bettcher/GettyImages
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Player No. 1

Justin Jefferson - WR

This one is easy and obvious, but he still has to be listed. Justin Jefferson isn't just going to be one of the most explosive members of the 2023 Vikings, he'll be one of the most explosive players in the entire NFL.

Jefferson is coming off a season where he was named Offensive Player of the Year after hauling in 128 passes for 1,809 yards and eight touchdowns. He's a huge play just waiting to happen, and the best part is that he can beat defenders in so many ways.

He's a surgical route runner, he's got great overall speed, he is tough and physical, and he can go up and make spectacular grabs that seem almost inhuman.

Despite the huge season and the prestigious award, Jefferson still isn't getting the respect from all media outlets, and many are hesitant to deem him the best wide receiver in the league. That will light a fire under his butt, and he's also playing for a huge contract.

The fact he'll be in year two in Kevin O'Connell's system, his fourth with quarterback Kirk Cousins, and will have teammates like K.J. Osborn, Jordan Addison, and T.J. Hockenson, who'll draw attention away from him, could all lead to 2023 being his best season yet.

The kid is the definition of an explosive player, and if he was a firework, he'd be the grand finale, whose explosions, booms, and colors seem to go on forever.