|Offense||28th||75.3 (32nd)||239.8 (18th)|
|Defense||3rd||106.9 (20th)||207.9 (3rd)|
|Adams, Rodney||WR||6-1||176||9/15/1994||R||South Florida|
|44||Asiata, Matt (FA)||RB||6-0||219||7/24/1987||6||Utah|
|64||Beavers, Willie||G||6-5||322||10/2/1993||2||Western Michigan|
|61||Berger, Joe||C||6-5||305||5/25/1982||13||Michigan Tech|
|81||Boehringer, Moritz||WR||6-4||225||10/16/1993||1||No College|
|76||Boone, Alex||G||6-8||310||5/4/1987||8||Ohio State|
|Bower, Tashawn||DE||6-5||250||2/18/1995||R||Louisiana State|
|Bradley, Dylan||DT||6-1||265||2/4/1995||R||Southern Mississippi|
|Carter, Kyle||TE||6-3||245||12/17/1992||1||Penn State|
|Coley, Stacy||WR||6-1||195||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|Collins, Aviante||T||6-6||295||//||R||Texas Christian|
|Cook, Dalvin||RB||5-11||213||8/10/1995||R||Florida State|
|Elflein, Pat||C||6-3||300||11/30/1993||R||Ohio State|
|32||Exum, Antone||CB||6-0||219||2/27/1991||4||Virginia Tech|
|Floyd, Michael||WR||6-2||220||11/27/1989||6||Notre Dame|
|Fragel, Reid||T||6-8||308||2/22/1991||2||Ohio State|
|52||Greenway, Chad (FA)||OLB||6-3||237||1/12/1983||12||Iowa|
|Ham, C.J.||RB||5-11||235||7/22/1993||1||Augustana (S.D.)|
|79||Harris, Michael (FA)||G||6-5||338||12/5/1988||5||UCLA|
|Heinicke, Taylor||QB||6-1||210||3/15/1993||3||Old Dominion|
|69||Hill, Rashod||T||6-6||309||1/12/1992||2||Southern Mississippi|
|13||Hill, Shaun (FA)||QB||6-3||230||1/9/1980||16||Maryland|
|Hodges, Bucky||TE||6-7||245||8/8/1995||R||Virginia Military Inst.|
|99||Hunter, Danielle||DE||6-5||252||10/29/1994||3||Louisiana State|
|Isidora, Danny||G||6-3||306||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|92||Johnson, Tom||DT||6-3||288||8/30/1984||7||Southern Mississippi|
|98||Joseph, Linval||DT||6-4||329||10/10/1988||8||East Carolina|
|Lamur, Emmanuel||LB||6-4||245||6/8/1989||6||Kansas State|
|Lee, Elijah||LB||6-3||228||2/8/1996||R||Kansas State|
|48||Line, Zach (FA)||FB||6-1||233||4/26/1990||5||Southern Methodist|
|72||Long, Jake (FA)||T||6-7||322||5/9/1985||10||Michigan|
|Mathews, Mitch||WR||6-5||222||4/15/1991||1||Brigham Young|
|McCaskill, Sam||DE||6-3||240||//||R||Boise State|
|21||McKinnon, Jerick||RB||5-9||205||5/3/1992||4||Georgia Southern|
|89||Morgan, David||TE||6-4||265||5/19/1993||2||Texas-San Antonio|
|Murray, Latavius||RB||6-3||230||1/18/1990||5||Central Florida|
|23||Newman, Terence||CB||5-10||197||9/4/1978||15||Kansas State|
|25||Price, Jabari||CB||5-11||200||8/31/1992||4||North Carolina|
|Price, Josiah||TE||6-4||243||7/19/1993||R||Michigan State|
|Quigley, Ryan||P||6-3||188||1/26/1990||5||Boston College|
|Remmers, Mike||T||6-5||310||4/11/1989||5||Oregon State|
|29||Rhodes, Xavier||CB||6-1||218||6/19/1990||5||Florida State|
|Richardson, Horace||CB||6-0||212||//||R||Southern Methodist|
|Roberson, Tre||DB||6-0||200||10/22/1992||1||Illinois State|
|82||Rudolph, Kyle||TE||6-6||265||11/9/1989||7||Notre Dame|
|Shelton, R.J.||WR||5-11||205||5/6/1994||R||Michigan State|
|Sinkfield, Terrell||DB||6-1||200||12/10/1990||R||Northern Iowa|
|22||Smith, Harrison||FS||6-2||214||2/2/1989||6||Notre Dame|
|Sutton, Will||DT||6-0||297||10/3/1991||4||Arizona State|
|Symmank, Taylor||P||6-2||193||10/2/1992||R||Texas Tech|
|19||Thielen, Adam||WR||6-2||200||8/22/1990||4||Minnesota State|
|Tocho, Jack||CB||6-0||202||//||R||North Carolina State|
|Trattou, Justin (FA)||DE||6-4||258||8/28/1988||6||Florida|
|Truesdell, Nick||TE||6-7||240||3/14/1990||R||Grand Rapids CC MI|
|Washington, Shaan||LB||6-3||220||12/29/1993||R||Texas A&M|
|26||Waynes, Trae||CB||6-0||190||7/25/1992||3||Michigan State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Minnesota's sixth-rounder in 2016, Boehringer is an athletic freak but failed to generate any noise in the preseason. Now with a year of NFL experience under his belt, the German-born receiver will again jockey for one of the Vikings' last roster spots at receiver.
The 2013 first-round selection spent the past four seasons in Green Bay, racking up 74 tackles and nine sacks during that span. He now heads to the division-rival Vikings where he'll likely take a backup role behind starters Brian Robison and Everson Griffen. However, Robison, who is currently 33, could see his reps begin to dwindle, which may provide an opportunity for Jones to make his mark. The 26-year-old did spend some time at linebacker with the Packers, so the Vikings definitely have options for how to utilize their newest signee. For the most part, Jones has been underwhelming through his first four seasons in the league, but a change of scenery could fix that.
Despite his large tackle totals, Harris struggled in coverage as he gave up several big plays. Still, he'll likely continue to start at safety as long as Smith is sidelined.
Mathews signing adds depth to the Vikings receiving corps, though it is not clear that the 6-foot-5 wideout will clear final roster cuts in August. Mathews spent his college career at BYU, where he recorded 152 receptions for 2,083 yards and 24 touchdowns in 41 games. He spent last offseason with the Chiefs before joining the Browns practice squad for part of the regular season.
Bradford returned to play the second half, so Hill should remain on the bench next week against Jacksonville.
While Zimmer may have been flippant with the comment, it's also notable that he didn't proclaim Murray as the starter heading into training camp. Murray could begin the season as the starter if Cook is eased into action. However, Murray could also have a more limited third-down role. Murray had bone spurs removed from his right ankle in March and isn't expected to participate in practices until training camp.
Greenway, a first-round pick out of Iowa in 2006, spent his entire career in Minnesota, where he was named the team's Defensive MVP in 2010, 2012, and 2013. Along with earning two Pro Bowl selections as well, Greenway finishes fourth in Vikings history with 1,334 career tackles. In fact, the 34-year-old registered at least 93 stops in his first eight seasons played, which only came after tearing his ACL in his first preseason game as a rookie. Following that lost year, Greenway went on to miss merely four games over his subsequent 10 seasons, showing great consistency over the course of his career.
Cook, Minnesota's second-round 2017 draft pick, was a feared and incredibly productive runner in college, totaling 4,464 yards (6.5 YPC) and 46 touchdowns in 38 career games. He'll likely emerge as the starter, but it's possible that he could come off the bench and be eased into action at the start of the season. Cook will need to show he can block in pass protection and limit turnovers (13 fumbles in three years at Florida State) to win an every-down role.
The 23rd overall pick of last year's draft, Treadwell finished his rookie campaign with merely one catch on three targets for 15 yards. That production fell far short of the expectations associated with his draft slot, and foot and ankle ailments ultimately limited Treadwell to nine appearances before he was placed on injured reserve. Zimmer said that he thinks Treadwell is healthy again and headed for a good year, but also that he needs to improve his understanding of the subtleties of an NFL offense. On the same token, Zimmer said Treadwell has a better grasp than Cordarrelle Patterson did at a similar stage in his career. Now that Patterson has left for the Raiders, Treadwell could use the extra reps to improve his standing behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen on the Vikings' depth chart.
Bradford's trade to the Vikings prior to Week 1 caused waves across the league, and by winning his first four games at the helm, he couldn't have gotten off to a better start in Minnesota. Although the team's performance significantly fell off over the course of the campaign, Bradford was hardly the reason for that, as he not only set a new NFL record by completing 71.6 percent of his passes, but also threw for a career-high 3,877 yards. With 20 touchdowns versus just five interceptions as well, Bradford filled the sudden void created by Teddy Bridgewater's devastating knee injury rather well, justifying Zimmer's vote of confidence in him ahead of next season, when Bridgewater's status is still to be determined.
Kendricks was a force to be reckoned with Saturday, leading the game in nearly all defensive statistical categories and seemingly getting to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers with ease. Those were his first logged sacks of the season though, so don't expect this level of production in the pass-rush department on a weekly basis from the former UCLA Bruin. Nonetheless, he'll look to end the campaign on a strong note in the Vikings' season finale next week against the Bears.
Rudolph posted career highs in targets, catches and yards in this one while finding the end zone on a 22-yard connection with Sam Bradford in the second quarter. He showed a strong rapport with Bradford after the latter was acquired just before the season and finished with personal bests in nearly every major offensive category after falling just short of his personal best with seven touchdown receptions. Rudolph has emerged as a reliable fantasy option and should enjoy another strong season in 2017 even though the team could experience some turnover on the offensive side of the ball.
Sankey spent the summer with the Titans and has since made stops in both New England and Kansas City. If something were to happen to Jerick McKinnon or Matt Asiata, expect the former second-rounder to receive a call from Vikings brass.
Griffen ended a streak of five consecutive games without a sack. He now has eight sack and could match last season's 10.5 sacks in his last three games.
After being waived by the Bears a week ago, Sutton didn't take long to find a new home in the NFC North. A former collegiate standout at Arizona State, Sutton struggled to make an impact as a 3-4 defensive end during his three seasons with the Bears, compiling 60 tackles and no sacks in 36 career games (18 starts). Defensive tackle Toby Johnson was waived to create roster room for Sutton, who is expected to vie for a reserve role along the line in training camp.
Odenigbo is undersized for an end at just 258 points, and his lack of arm length will make it difficult for him to shed blocks. However, he is an impressive athlete with above-average metrics in nearly every Combine drill. Minnesota's depth up front means that Odenigbo has his work cut out for him if he wants to make the 53-man roster as a rookie.
Brothers was one of the more highly-regarded linebackers in the class heading into the Combine, but miserable pre-draft athletic testing pushed Brothers this far down the order. A bit undersized at 6-foot, 245 pounds, Brothers ran a 4.89-second 40-yard dash while logging problematic jumps -- 28.5 inches in the vertical and 110 in the broad jump. Still, he was quite productive at Missouri, posting 274 tackles over his last two seasons.
Rhodes' interception return for a touchdown was a huge turnaround as he picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it all the way for a touchdown. Rhodes has been a difference maker in the secondary when healthy this year, but he's missed two games and played through injuries in several more. He looks healthy and in top form for the final six games, however.
Stephen is mostly a run stuffer and gets time in the defense line rotation behind Linval Joseph, so don't expect many tackles or sacks.
Adams (6-foot-1, 189 pounds) is a lean wideout with standout running skills for the position. In addition to 67 catches for 822 yards and five touchdowns on 98 targets, he finished the 2016 season with 23 carries for 231 yards and five touchdowns. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds at the Combine, so the explosiveness he showed in college should translate at the NFL level. He'll compete for a backup role at receiver.
Alexander saw just 68 snaps in 2016 after being selected in the second round of last year's draft. He wound up on injured reserve due to his groin injury, though the injury wasn't disclosed until recently. He wasn't at all limited during the first few days of the Vikings offseason program and is expected to compete for the nickel corner position in 2017.
Exum injured his leg in Sunday's preseason game and was waived in the days after. Now that he's cleared waivers he was eligible for placement on the IR and is done for the season.
Asiata had a productive season with 402 yards rushing, six touchdowns and 32 receptions for 263 yards. He worked as the goal-line back and the No. 2 running back most of the season with Adrian Peterson missing 13 games. His 3.3 yards per carry wasn't impressive, but he was running behind an injury-depleted offensive line and he's always been more of a sure-handed player than explosive back. He'll likely have a similar role in 2017, but much of his fantasy value depends on whether the Vikings bring back Adrian Peterson.
Johnson was placed on IR Monday but it doesn't sound as if Johnson's injury is very severe. He'll be back to full health in 4 to 6 weeks and won't be at all limited with the injury come spring practices.
Robinson missed Sunday's win over the Jaguars with an ailing hamstring, but he's slated to return in Week 15 against the Colts.
Diggs dealt with a flurry of injuries last season including issues in his hips, knees, and groin. The No. 1 wideout noted these injuries were his own fault and is now dedicated to making sure his 2017 campaign is completely injury-free. Should he remain healthy, Diggs could be in for impressive fantasy numbers as he and Sam Bradford head into their second season together.
Born and bred in Minnesota, Thielen developed a nice rapport with Sam Bradford in 2016, tallying three 100-yard outings en route to 69 catches (on 92 targets) for 967 yards and five touchdowns. Now back in the fold, he joins Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph to form a steady base for the Vikings' passing attack. What's missing is a deep threat, but Thielen gave the offense a fair alternative with his team-leading 16 catches of 20-plus yards last season.
Heinicke returned to practice Oct. 19 and had to be activated within a 21-day window. The Vikings decided to bring him back at the last second, but he'll only be No. 3 on the depth chart, clearly stuck behind both Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill.
Fruechte has earned a hometown appearance in Week 17, as the former Minnesota Golden Gopher will get a chance to see targets behind Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson due to several injuries at wide receiver.
Lamur had played just six snaps on defense in eight games before Sunday, but saw action with Eric Kendricks out with a concussion.
Ham had been on the practice squad since the beginning of the year and was signed in the wake of Mackensie Alexander (undisclosed) moving to injured reserve. Likely the fourth option at running back, Ham isn't likely to see much time on offense barring a slew of injuries to Minnesota's backfield.
Long, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, earned trips to the Pro Bowl in his first four seasons with the Dolphins before injuries derailed his career. The 31-year-old, who hadn't appeared in more than 10 games in a season since 2013, decided it was best to step away from the game while he was in the midst of rehabbing an Achilles injury he suffered on Nov. 13. Long appeared in 77 career NFL games with the Dolphins, Rams and Vikings.
Floyd is dealing with nerve damage stemming from a complication with his knee surgery back in September, while he continues to rehab with his career reportedly in jeopardy. In order to provide depth at defensive tackle, the Vikings selected Jaleel Johnson out of Iowa in the fourth round of the draft.
Barr has been a consistent player for the Vikings since being drafted ninth overall by the team in 2014, though he hasn't been great. His fifth-year option is worth around $12.3 million and will keep him under contract through 2018. Minnesota will be hoping to see improvement from Barr after a 2.0 sack season in 2016.
This is perhaps the most surprising faller in this year's draft. Hodges is a rare athlete at tight end and, despite a tendency for drops, proved productive as well. Even if the league doubts his skills as a tight end, it's surprising that a team wouldn't take him sooner for special teams play alone -- this is a 6-foot-6, 257-pound player with a 4.57-second 40-yard dash, 39-inch vertical and 134-inch broad jump. Unfortunately, even if he proves his doubters wrong, the Minnesota offense likely won't afford him many targets as long as Kyle Rudolph is around.
Sendejo's 2016 season came to a premature end after he suffered a knee injury that landed him on injured reserve. The veteran safety still amassed 69 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 14 games last year, and should have another strong campaign alongside Harrison Smith in the back end of the Vikings' secondary this coming season, assuming that he is able to stay healthy.
Kearse was essentially benched after missing a tackle and allowing Jordan Howard to have a long run early in the game. Anthony Harris played most of the snaps thereafter. It looks like Harris would start if Andrew Sendejo remains out with an ankle injury.
Fortunately, Minnesota has a deep enough secondary to absorb the loss of Price.
Forbath stabilized Minnesota's kicking situation after the release of Blair Walsh as he made all 15 field goal attempts. He did miss three extra point attempts, however. Forbath is signed through 2017, so he should return as Minnesota's kicker next season.
Kai Forbath is under contract for next season and should retain the starting job after making all 15 field goal attempts this season. However, it's not impossible that Koehn could win the job in a competition next summer.
Floyd, a St. Paul native, will be able to finish his sentence near the Vikings' facilities and therefore participate in the team's upcoming OTAs. He signed a one-year contract with Minnesota earlier this May, while the front office understands that he might face NFL discipline to begin the season after pleading guilty to extreme DUI. Floyd has proven to be effective as an NFL receiver, racking up 24 touchdowns throughout his five-year career. He'll still need to battle against 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart at wideout.
Gedeon is a classic hard-nosed middle linebacker who racked up 94 tackles for Michigan in his lone season as a starter in 2016. He also showed an ability to cause havoc in the backfield with 15.0 tackles for loss. Athletically, he checks all the boxes with above-average scores relative to his position in all of his Combine tests. Gedeon will likely start out as a depth option at middle or weakside linebacker.
The veteran began last season as the Rams' starting quarterback, but he relinquished those duties to then-rookie Jared Goff after an inauspicious nine-game stretch. Keenum finished with 2,201 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 10 appearances. While that display has likely ruled him out of being considered as a starter in the future, the 29-year-old embodies a decent backup option to Sam Bradford in Minnesota, where Teddy Bridgewater's (knee) status for the upcoming campaign remains uncertain.
After posting a video of himself going through agility drills earlier this month, Bridgewater continues to make tremendous progress as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered last August. The team has yet to announce any sort of timetable for the former first-round selection, whose leg remains heavily braced during drills. However, the fact Bridgewater is back out on the field with his teammates less than a year later is a reassuring sign for all involved.
Robison agreed to reduce his 2017 base salary from a non-guaranteed $5.3 million to a fully-guaranteed $3.9 million, with the number then dropping to $3.2 million (including $1.25 million guaranteed) for 2018. He'll turn 34 in April and has never recorded double-digit sacks in a season, but his run defense and consistency have long made him an asset to the Vikings. Robison has played 15 or 16 games in each of his 10 NFL seasons, recording 4.5 or more sacks each of the past six years while starting every contest he's played.
Wright languished on the bench nearly all season but got some unexpected work in the season finale. He finished the season with just 11 receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown. He missed the first four games in part due to a hamstring injury, but he was buried on the depth chart as he even fell behind little-used rookie Laquon Treadwell. Wright is signed trough 2019 and the Vikings would lose over $2 million in dead money if they cut him, so he may return next season. However, his role in the offense is very uncertain.
McKinnon entered the offseason as Minnesota's starting running back but he's fallen to third on the depth chart after the team signed Latavius Murray in free agency and drafted Cook. McKinnon could still have a regular role if the Vikings use his flexibility as a receiver to move him around in two-running back sets. However, his fantasy value takes a significant hit with increased competition for touches.
Newman was a free agent but will return to the Vikings. Although 38 last season, he graded well in coverage. However, he could have a reduced role at age 39 as 2015 first-round draft pick Trae Waynes will compete for the starting job. Or Newman could shift to covering the slot with Captain Munnerlyn leaving to sign with the Panthers.
Smith missed two games due to his high-ankle sprain but managed to play on the injury in the final two weeks of the season and the Pro Bowl. He initially said he wouldn't need surgery, but later determined that the cleanup was the best option. He's expected to be back to full health by the time training camp roles around.
Line started four of his 15 games played in 2016, rushing for 15 yards on seven carries. Now slated to be an unrestricted free agent, Line's hip procedure doesn't sound like something that should impact his availability ahead of the 2017 campaign.
Waynes missed last week's game due to a concussion he suffered in Week 14 but he's since cleared the concussion protocol. He'll be one of the team's top backups behind starting cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman.
Joseph was sidelined the majority of practice this week but will take the field Sunday despite his shoulder aliment. The Vikings may limit the defensive tackle's reps, in which case Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen are likely to see increased playing time.
Sinkfield spent the 2016 offseason with the Vikings as a wideout, but will join the team as a cornerback this time around. The Northern Iowa product has been impressive in the Canadian Football league over the last three years, recording 102 catches for 1,537 yards and 10 touchdowns over that time frame. Sinkfield may require some time to adjust to playing cornerback, so keep an eye on his progress in order to determine where he will end up on the Vikings' defensive depth chart come roster cuts.
Johnson adds another big body inside for the Vikings front, checking in at 6-foot-3, 316 pounds. His subpar combine, including a mere 19 reps on the bench that ranked in just the fifth percentile among defensive linemen, made him a Day 3 pick. That said, he has impressive tape and was able to rush the passer from the interior with 7.5 sacks as a senior. Johnson figures to add depth at the right defensive tackle spot behind Sharrif Floyd, whose future is a bit cloudy due to nerve damage in his knee.
It's probably not a huge distinction as Tocho may play special teams more than defense if he's able to win a spot on the final roster. Tocho ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds at the Combine, so he may not have the speed to play cornerback regularly.