A 2023 Vikings 53-Man Roster Projection: The June Edition

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Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball against the New York Giants during the first quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

OTAs are in full-swing across the NFL, and with that, we begin the process of evaluating which players will make the final roster when training camp rolls around later this summer. With that, here is the June version of a 2023 Vikings 53-man roster projection.

Offense

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Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) runs onto the field before a wild card game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback (3)

  • Kirk Cousins
  • Nick Mullens
  • Jaren Hall
  • Who’s Out: N/A

Running Back (3)

  • Alexander Mattison
  • Ty Chandler
  • DeWayne McBride
  • Who’s Out: Kene Nwangwu, Dalvin Cook

Fullback (1)

  • C.J. Ham
  • Who’s Out: Zach Ojile

Wide Receiver (5)

  • Justin Jefferson
  • Jordan Addison
  • K.J. Osborn
  • Jalen Nailor
  • Brandon Powell
  • Who’s Out: Jalen Reagor, Blake Proehl, Cephus Johnson, Trishton Jackson, Malik Knowles, Lucky Jackson, Thayer Thomas, Garrett Maag

Tight End (3)

  • T.J. Hockenson
  • Josh Oliver
  • Johnny Mundt
  • Who’s Out: Ben Sims, Nick Muse

Left Tackle (2)

  • Christian Darrisaw
  • Blake Brandel
  • Who’s Out: Vederian Lowe, Sam Schlueter

Left Guard (2)

  • Ezra Cleveland
  • Alan Ali
  • Who’s Out: N/A

Center (2)

  • Garrett Bradbury
  • Austin Schlottmann
  • Who’s Out: Josh Sokol

Right Guard (2)

  • Ed Ingram
  • Chris Reed
  • Who’s Out: N/A

Right Tackle (2)

  • Brian O’Neill
  • Oli Udoh
  • Who’s Out: Jacky Chen

There are very few surprises on the offensive side of the ball, but one cut could result in big changes for the special teams. With the recent rule change for 2023, a star kick returner isn’t necessarily a huge need for this team, so Kene Nwangwu sees his time in Minnesota come to an end. Additionally, Jalen Reagor misses out in the wide receiver room with the recent rise from Jalen Nailor.

Defense

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Jul 28, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Outside Linebacker (5)

  • Danielle Hunter
  • Marcus Davenport
  • Patrick Jones
  • Luiji Vilain
  • Andre Carter
  • Who’s Out: D.J. Wonnum, Benton Whitley, Curtis Weaver

Defensive Line (6)

  • Harrison Phillips
  • Khyiris Tonga
  • Dean Lowry
  • James Lynch
  • Jaquelin Roy
  • Esezi Otomewo
  • Who’s Out: Ross Blacklock, Jonathan Bullard, Sheldon Day, T.J. Smith, Calvin Avery, Junior Aho

Inside Linebacker (4)

  • Jordan Hicks
  • Brian Asamoah
  • Troy Reeder
  • Ivan Pace
  • Who’s Out: Troy Dye, William Kwenkeu, Abraham Beauplan, Wilson Huber

Cornerback (6)

  • Byron Murphy
  • Andrew Booth
  • Akayleb Evans
  • Mekhi Blackmon
  • Joejuan Williams
  • Tay Gowan
  • Who’s Out: Kalon Barnes, C.J. Coldon, John Reid, NaJee Thompson, Jaylin Williams

Safety (4)

  • Harrison Smith
  • Lewis Cine
  • Josh Metellus
  • Jay Ward
  • Who’s Out: Cam Bynum, Theo Jackson

The Vikings have made a concerted effort to make their defense younger this year, particularly along the front. We’re projecting this to continue during the roster cutdown phase this August with Andre Carter making the roster over D.J. Wonnum as well as Jaquelin Roy and Esezi Otomewo joining the defense rather than Jonathan Bullard.

Special Teams

Aug 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Greg Joseph (1) celebrates with long snapper Andrew DePaola (42) during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Kicker (1)

  • Greg Joseph
  • Who’s Out: Jack Podlesny

Punter (1)

  • Ryan Wright
  • Who’s Out: N/A

Long Snapper (1)

  • Andrew DePaola
  • Who’s Out: N/A

Things on the special teams go down very chalky. Unless there can be a significant improvement over the players already in place (such as Ryan Wright coming in as the punter last year), it makes very little sense to switch things up too much. Expect the same trio to handle the kicking and punting duties as last year.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.

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