Vikings News: Minnesota taking a chance on a former first-round pick

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver N'Keal Harry
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver N'Keal Harry / Wesley Hitt/GettyImages

The most notable Minnesota Vikings news of the day featured the team signing free-agent wide receiver N'Keal Harry, a former first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots.

Following the season-ending injury to defensive lineman James Lynch on Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings have decided to fill his roster spot with free-agent wide receiver, formerly of the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots.

Harry was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and since then, he's struggled to make any sort of significant impact in the league.

In 40 appearances for Chicago and New England since 2019, the 25-year-old receiver has accumulated a total of 64 catches for 714 yards and five touchdowns.

What are the chances of N'Keal Harry making the Minnesota Vikings final 2023 roster?

At this point, the likelihood of Harry making Minnesota's final 53-man roster this year seems low. He's coming in with about a month until the regular season begins and he has to quickly learn the Vikings' offense.

The best case scenario for Harry would be for him to perform well in Minnesota's remaining practices and their preseason games and earn a spot on their practice squad. Multiple Vikings wide receivers would probably have to suffer significant injuries in order for Harry to wind up with one of the team's regular-season roster spots.

His addition does raise a few eyebrows about how Minnesota feels about their current wide receiver depth. The top of the Vikings' receiver depth chart appears to be set with Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and K.J. Osborn in the first three spots. But after this trio, who Minnesota chooses to fill out the rest of their wide receiver group for the regular season is still up in the air.

These next few weeks will be vital for Vikings pass-catchers Jalen Reagor, Brandon Powell, Jalen Nailor, Trishton Jackson, and others as they look to earn a spot on the team's final 2023 roster.