Projecting The Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart

Jan 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; A general view of U.S. Bank Stadium as Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) leads the offense during the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 NFL Draft is in the books. Minnesota made ten selections, a hearty total all things considered. It’s time to let the purple speculation begin, with perhaps the foremost topic of interest being who will slot in where in the lineup.

Below, you’ll find my best stab at the depth chart, doing my best to estimate what the team would look like if they had to play a game tomorrow. I’ve put the rookie draft pick names in bold. Shout out to the ESPN Vikings depth chart for reminding me of a few names I likely would have forgotten.

— Offense —

Quarterback

QB1: Kirk Cousins
QB2: Sean Mannion
QB3: Kellen Mond
QB4: Nate Stanley

Running Back

RB1: Dalvin Cook
RB2: Alexander Mattison
RB3: Kene Nwangwu
RB4: Ty Chandler
RB5: A.J. Rose Jr.

Fullback

FB1: C.J. Ham

Wide Receiver

WR1: Justin Jefferson
WR2: Adam Thielen
WR3: K.J. Osborn
WR4: Ihmir Smith-Marsette
WR5: Jalen Nailor
WR6: Bisi Johnson
WR7: Blake Proehl
WR8: Dan Chisena
WR9: Myron Mitchell
WR10: Trishton Jackson

Tight End

TE1: Irv Smith Jr.
TE2: Johnny Mundt
TE3: Zach Davidson
TE4: Nick Muse
TE5: Ben Ellefson

Left Tackle

LT1: Christian Darrisaw
LT2: Vederian Lowe

Right Tackle

RT1: Brian O’Neill
RT2: Blake Brandel
RT3: Timon Parris

Center

C1: Garrett Bradbury
C2: Austin Schlottmann

Left Guard

LG1: Ezra Cleveland
LG2: Ed Ingram
LG3: Kyle Hinton

Right Guard

RG1: Chris Reed
RG2: Oli Udoh
RG3: Jesse Davis
RG4: Wyatt Davis


— Defense — 

Left Outside Linebacker

LOLB1: Danielle Hunter
LOLB2: D.J. Wonnum
LOLB3: Janarius Robinson

Right Outside Linebacker

ROLB1: Za’Darius Smith
ROLB2: Patrick Jones II
ROLB3: Kenny Willekes

Nose Tackle

NT1: Dalvin Tomlinson
NT2: Armon Watts
NT3: Jordon Scott

3T + 5T DT/DE

DT/DE1: Harrison Phillips
DT/DE2: James Lynch
DT/DE3: Esezi Otomewo
DT/DE4: Jaylen Twyman
DT/DE5: Jullian Taylor
DT/DE6: T.J. Smith

Middle Linebacker

MLB1: Eric Kendricks
MLB2: Jordan Hicks
MLB3: Brian Asamoah
MLB4: Blake Lynch
MLB5: Troy Dye
MLB6: Chazz Surratt
MLB7: Tuf Borland
MLB8: Ryan Connolly

Cornerback

CB1: Patrick Peterson
CB2: Cameron Dantzler
CB3: Andrew Booth Jr.
CB4: Chandon Sullivan
CB5: Akayleb Evans
CB6: Kris Boyd
CB7: Nate Hairston
CB8: Harrison Hand
CB9: Parry Nickerson

Strong Safety

SS1: Harrison Smith
SS2: Josh Metellus

Free Safety

FS1: Lewis Cine
FS2: Camryn Bynum
FS3: Myles Dorn


— Special Teams —

Kicker

K: Greg Joseph

Punter

P: Jordan Berry

Long Snapper

LS: Andrew DePaola

Kick Returner

KR1: Kene Nwangwu

Punt Returner

PR1: K.J. Osborn


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