|Offense||28th||75.3 (32nd)||239.8 (18th)|
|Defense||3rd||106.9 (20th)||207.9 (3rd)|
|12||Adams, Rodney||WR||6-1||189||9/15/1994||R||South Florida|
|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|
|75||Boone, Alex||G||6-8||310||5/4/1987||8||Ohio State|
|63||Bradley, Dylan||DT||6-1||265||2/4/1995||R||Southern Mississippi|
|86||Carter, Kyle||TE||6-3||245||12/17/1992||1||Penn State|
|13||Coley, Stacy||WR||6-1||195||5/13/1994||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|33||Cook, Dalvin||RB||5-11||213||8/10/1995||R||Florida State|
|65||Elflein, Pat||C||6-3||303||7/6/1994||R||Ohio State|
|32||Exum, Antone||CB||6-0||219||2/27/1991||4||Virginia Tech|
|79||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|
|97||Griffen, Everson||DE||6-3||273||12/22/1987||8||Southern California|
|30||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|
|6||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|
|84||Hodges, Bucky||TE||6-6||257||8/8/1995||R||Virginia Military Inst.|
|63||Isidora, Danny||G||6-3||306||6/5/1994||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|
|59||Lamur, Emmanuel||LB||6-4||245||6/8/1989||6||Kansas State|
|56||Lee, Elijah||LB||6-2||229||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|
|66||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|
|23||Newman, Terence||CB||5-10||197||9/4/1978||15||Kansas State|
|24||Price, Jabari||CB||5-11||200||8/31/1992||4||North Carolina|
|87||Price, Josiah||TE||6-4||243||7/19/1993||R||Michigan State|
|4||Quigley, Ryan||P||6-3||188||1/26/1990||5||Boston College|
|72||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|
|38||Richardson, Horace||CB||6-0||212||//||R||Southern Methodist|
|36||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|
|83||Shelton, R.J.||WR||5-11||205||5/6/1994||R||Michigan State|
|37||Sinkfield, Terrell||DB||6-1||200||12/10/1990||1||Northern Iowa|
|22||Smith, Harrison||FS||6-2||214||2/2/1989||6||Notre Dame|
|90||Sutton, Will||DT||6-0||297||10/3/1991||4||Arizona State|
|9||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|
|39||Tocho, Jack||CB||6-0||202||2/8/1996||R||NC State|
|Trattou, Justin (FA)||DE||6-4||258||8/28/1988||6||Florida|
|11||Treadwell, Laquon||WR||6-2||215||6/14/1995||2||Ole Miss|
|85||Truesdell, Nick||TE||6-7||252||3/14/1990||1||Grand Rapids CC MI|
|57||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.
Bradford returned to play the second half, so Hill should remain on the bench next week against Jacksonville.
Murray signed a three-year, $15 million contract in March and underwent surgery to address bone spurs shortly thereafter. He was expected to be ready for the start of training camp, so this news isn't particularly encouraging. If he's slow to participate in full practices, Murray could quickly fall behind Dalvin Cook in the competition for touches at running back. However, the decision to place Murray on the PUP list could be a temporary one, and he could very well be activated early in 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.
Murray had surgery shortly after signing with the Vikings in March and is still expected to be ready for the start of training camp after missing the entire offseason program. His injury wasn't necessarily a factor in Minnesota's decision to trade up to No. 41 overall for Cook, as the team likely values Murray in large part of his strong track record as a goal-line runner and pass blocker, whereas the rookie offers far more upside as a potential lead runner. Coach Mike Zimmer said there will be an open competition in the backfield, and while holdover Jerick McKinnon may retain some kind of role, Murray and Cook figure to battle it out for the lead job in what likely will be a committee of sorts.
Treadwell, the 23rd overall pick of last year's draft, endured a lousy rookie campaign that included merely one catch on three targets for 15 yards. While his production was almost nonexistent, Treadwell did deal with foot and ankle ailments throughout the year, limiting him to nine games played. Now healthy, the 22-year-old's improved understanding of the Vikings offense has allowed him to move into third on the depth chart behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Should Treadwell retain that role, he'd figure to have ample opportunities to drastically improve his fantasy stock, particularly if Michael Floyd's legal situation impacts his availability.
Coach Mike Zimmer got out ahead of any potential controversy, saying at the end of last season that Bradford had earned the right to retain the starting job. The 29-year-old set an NFL record for completion percentage (71.6) last year, and while that largely was due to the team's reliance on short passes, Bradford still deserves credit for keeping the offense afloat without the benefit of a competent O-line or running game. The Vikings' pass protection likely will improve due to the signings of tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers, and the running game should get a boost from Latavius Murray (ankle) and Dalvin Cook. The already solid receiving corps may also be improved, with 2016 first-round pick Laquon Treadwell looking to take a big step forward alongside Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and TE Kyle Rudolph after struggling through an injury-plagued and ineffective rookie campaign. It all adds up to much higher expectations, which could work against Bradford if he struggles early in the season and Bridgewater is back to full health. Bridgewater's looming presence also means the Vikings are unlikely to offer Bradford an extension before Week 1, though it's certainly worth noting Bridgewater is also in a contract year. The team seems content to take a wait-and-see approach.
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.
Though he doesn't have the best reputation as a blocker, Rudolph is unlikely to face serious competition for snaps and targets even as the Vikings look to re-establish a competent rushing attack. They'll live with his shaky work in that department so long as he provides a major receiving threat over the middle and in the red zone. While a long shot to match last year's career-high 132 targets in an offense that now has a better mix of weapons, Rudolph should be able to take advantage of the new context by improving on his 2016 mark of 6.4 yards per target. He also figures to stay heavily involved when Minnesota approaches the goal line, after comfortably leading the team in targets in the red zone (24) and inside the 10-yard line (10) last season, with both marks doubling the next best total on the team.
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 could have better luck fitting in as a tackle in a 4-3 scheme. He's 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, a fifth-round 2017 draft pick, will try to make the 53-man roster as a receiver, so winning the kick return job could help his standing. Still, it's a wide-open competition with Jerick McKinnon and seventh-rounder Stacy Coley also in the mix.
Clemmings ranked last in the NFL for left tackles according to metrics from Pro Football Focus, so the Vikings are going to experiment to see where he may be a better fit. He'll likely add depth as a reserve offensive lineman this season.
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 has dealt with a number of injuries since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, most recently missing out on OTAs this offseason to address a knee issue. Now healthy, he'll look to secure a reserve role at safety behind Harrison Smith.
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.
Lamur is likely the favorite, but the competition could be wide open and others could figure into the mix. Whoever wins the job would likely see limited playing time as the weak-side linebacker routinely came off the field last year in nickel packages with Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks remaining on the field.
Diggs dealt with a flurry of injuries last season, including issues in his hips, knees and groin. The club's No. 1 wideout noted these injuries were his own fault and is now dedicated to making sure his 2017 campaign is 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.
Thielen spent Wednesday's practice on the sideline with wrapping on his left knee, but the injury doesn't appear to be anything serious at this point. The Vikings will proceed cautiously with their No. 2 receiver, and if he's unable to return Thursday, his next opportunity would be Monday when the team returns for its final set of OTAs.
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.
Hunter had a breakout campaign last season, racking up 12.5 sacks as a reserve lineman. Veteran Brian Robison noted the 22-year-old's success, giving his starting spot on the depth chart to Hunter. He is expected to play in at least 80 percent of the defensive snaps this season after only playing in 57 percent of the snaps last season. His new role makes Hunter an intriguing option in IDP formats, but he'll have to prove his numbers last season were no fluke.
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.
Floyd is working his way back from nerve damage in his right knee and has not been able to participate in any of Minnesota's offseason activities. However, Zimmer did note that Floyd has shown some improvement of late, which makes him optimistic that the former first-rounder will be able to get back on the field at some point this summer. Still, the team has yet to release any official timetable for Floyd's return from a complicated issue, so he'll remain on the active/non-football injury list until further notice.
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 two-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.
Koehn is seen having more leg strength than Forbath during OTAs. Forbath is under contract for next season and made all 15 field-goal attempts last season, so he's still a heavy favorite to win the job. However, it sounds like the competition won't just be for show this summer.
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.
While Bridgewater threw passes in individual drills and worked on his dropback against a resistance band during organized team activities and minicamp, he doesn't appear ready to participate in a full practice. It would seem likely that Bridgewater would begin the regular season on the PUP list and it's uncertain if he'll be able to be on the active roster at all in 2017 after suffering a torn ACL and dislocated left knee during a late-August, 2016 practice.
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 hopes to replace Peterson as the team's lead runner, but such a role probably isn't in the cards after Minnesota signed Latavius Murray (ankle) to a three-year, $15 million contract and then drafted Dalvin Cook in the second round. McKinnon has been getting first-team snaps at OTAs, benefitting from Murray's recovery from surgery and Cook's inexperience. While he'll likely still factor into the offense in some capacity due to his speed and receiving ability, McKinnon seems the least likely of the three to enter Week 1 in the lead role. He had a better opportunity last season, but ended up averaging a paltry 3.4 yards per carry and 4.7 yards per target while splitting work with Matt Asiata.
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.
A high-ankle sprain forced Smith to miss two games late last season and ultimately required offseason surgery. Although he was reportedly limited earlier in OTAs, it appears that Smith's ankle is fully recovered. Despite being hampered by his ankle injury last season, Smith still managed to top 90 tackles for the third time in his career. Provided that he can stay healthy, there's little reason to think he can't have a repeat performance in 2017.
The unsigned Line won't face any limitations if he should find a home before training camps begin, but with several teams phasing fullbacks out of their offense, it's unlikely he'll find many suitors on the open market. The 27-year-old has appeared in 31 games with the Vikings the last two seasons, logging 13 carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns and six receptions for 95 yards and a score.
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.