6 biggest Vikings needs after the first wave of free agency in 2024

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The problem at cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings isn't a lack of talent or potential. The team has several young defensive backs who could be solid players in the future and should continue to grow and develop this season. However, having cornerbacks ready to contribute now is an issue.

Byron Murphy Jr. is slated to return this season and is expected to be one of Minnesota's starters in his sixth season as a pro. The Vikings also signed Shaquill Griffin, who is entering his eighth season and could start opposite Murphy if the coaching staff makes that decision.

Past those two established defenders, Minnesota has several young players who are still looking to carve out a role in the Vikings' defense. Guys like Akayleb Evans, Andrew Booth Jr,, Mekhi Blackmon, Joejuan Williams, A.J. Green III, and NaJee Thompson are on the team's roster but may need more time to figure out their role in Brian Flores' defense.

Unlike Minnesota's need at quarterback, the Vikings could roll the dice with inexperienced depth in the secondary or even add another defensive back with one of their Day 3 selection in the 2024 NFL Draft or look to add another free agent with some experience to have a higher floor for the backups.

One thing that is certain is that a team can't have enough quality cornerbacks. Teams seem to need solid depth at that position because of how frequently injuries can occur while attempting to cover the highly talented pass-catchers in the NFL.

Cornerback isn't as big of a need as other positions anymore this offseason but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be evaluated heading into the 2024 NFL season. Don't be shocked if at least one more player is added to this position group before training camp rolls around.