Vikings Need No. 3
The Vikings saw a major improvement going from Ed Donatell’s zone-heavy scheme to Brian Flores’s aggressive press-man scheme last year, but there’s still room for improvement as Minnesota looks to solidify their cornerback room.
Byron Murphy Jr. was a nice addition but played better in the slot than on the outside. Akayleb Evans was good in spurts but got exposed toward the end of the season. Mekhi Blackmon also had his highs and lows, and 2022 second-round pick Andrew Booth Jr. doesn’t appear to be part of the Vikings’ long-term plans.
This could lead the Vikings to add another corner that can make an impact on the outside.
Free agent targets could lead L’Jarius Sneed, Kendall Fuller, or Chidobe Awuzie to Minnesota, but the Vikings could also look to the draft as The Athletic’s Alec Lewis connected Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell as a possible target during the Senior Bowl.
With a strong stable of safeties, the cornerbacks are the last part to rebuild in the Vikings secondary. If the Vikings find an impact player, they should have an easier time slowing down offenses next season.