2015 Depth Charts: Minnesota Vikings

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2015 Depth Charts: Minnesota Vikings


2015 DC MIN

Notes

•  Teddy Bridgewater had his struggles at the start of the season, but he ended it strong, with the highest grade amongst all quarterbacks in the last five weeks of the season. That was enough for us to go light green with him.

•  After his early-season struggles, Matt Kalil delivered some solid performances in the second half of the season. That caused us to bump him up to Below Average and, if he can produce again like he did in the second half of 2015, he’s better than that.  

•  Xavier Rhodes is a lot like Baltimore’s Jimmy Smith and he too finds himself just on the cusp of Very Good. We just haven’t seen him perform at that high level consistently enough yet, but the talent is definitely there.

•  Harrison Smith as Elite? Well, we certainly think so. He’s been in the league for three seasons now and though he struggled with injury in 2013, he’s sandwiched that year with two high quality seasons in 2012 and 2014.

Team Needs

Wide Receiver: A position with plenty of solid talent but no true top target and questions about their former first-round draft pick. They’re picking high enough up in the draft that they have a shot at one of the top receivers so it will be interesting to see if they try to find that guy for Bridgewater.

Running Back: How much of a need this is will depend on whether or not Adrian Peterson is back in the fold for the Vikings, but with that up in the air right now it has to be viewed as a need. It makes sense to have a solid running game as Bridgewater continues to develop.

Cornerback: Rhodes and Munnerlyn are good starters, with Rhodes not far off a step up, but they could upgrade over Josh Robinson and even if they don’t, we don’t know enough about the depth players to say they can step in if called upon.

 

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  • wyzel

    Charlie Johnson should be and hopefully is not on this DC, come August.

    • DrAWNiloc

      Agreed, but, unfortunately, they have other priorities. This is the second year in a row that RLB Chad Greenway has flashed cherry red here. If WR Amari Cooper or Kevin White are available at Pick #11 the Vikes will be hard pressed to resist. Otherwise, they’re more likely to take OLB Dante Fowler Jr. or Vic Beasley than a O-Lineman. In Round #2 they’ll likely take whichever of those two positions, WR or OLB, they didn’t address earlier. We’ll see what happens in free agency.

      • wyzel

        Joe Berger could come back, which has to be an upgrade over Johnson. I doubt they spend huge in FA on a guard. Greenway should be gone too, he’s way past his hay day, hawk and greenway cut in the same year wouldn’t be a shock. I would be fine with hodgesBrinkleybarr Brinkley was good enough for 33% of the snaps which is all you need for a two down run stop mlb. or give audie Cole a shot. Its surprising Robison fell off so much.

        • wyzel

          Charlie Johnson was just released. How often are the DC’s going to be updated?

  • Chris

    Such an underrated defense last year.

    • Ed

      Can always count on a Mike Zimmer D to perform well!

      • Chris

        As a Bengals fan, I was so sad to see him go :/

  • Ben Alfveby

    Are these ratings just from play last year or partially because of his play in previous years?

    Because there’s no way Captain should get a Good rating for last year alone. I believe he could get back to that level of play but he was bad for a good portion of the year.

    • Gordon McGuinness

      Both is the short answer. Looking at last year but taking into account the bigger picture. If we think that a player is likely to bounce back we’re more likely to give them the benefit of doubt, and if we feel it’s the beginning of their decline, then less likely.

      • Ben Alfveby

        Ok, I can understand that reasoning.Thanks for the reply!

  • Vitor

    Cordarrelle Patterson: disappointment of the year

    • DrAWNiloc

      Yes and no. Yes, he was awful and, yes, other rookie WRs hit the ground running, if not flying. However, traditionally, WRs usually didn’t blossom until their second, if not third, year. In light of the absence of AP and another premier receiver, along with the presence of a rookie QB (even such a promising one as Bridgewater), perhaps the expectation was unrealistic. There are grounds to be optimistic about Patterson in particular and the Vikes in general. Tough division, though. Of course, we’ll have a much better picture after the draft.

      • cole

        It was his second year though..

  • AJ

    This defense is just a couple of transactions away from becoming elite.

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      yea, esp on defense if they get one more edge rusher to pair with griffin, maybe just let barr pass rush more opposite him

  • Jaguars28

    This is a team I think is primed to take a big step forward.

  • HernandezCelly

    Allot of Cordelle bashing going on while Greg Jennings is trying to pass the past couple seasons of nothing off as being ok. Please Vikings, do not sign anymore Packers. Those SOBs are cheese loyal. Had Favre and Jennings take a steaming muenster dump on our turf….Conspiracy????

  • Mnstorm99

    Munnerlyn was not very good last year, FWIW.