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The Minnesota Vikings have added 27 rookies to their roster this offseason. That’s a lot, and it makes sense for a team that saw a decent amount of turnover. Xavier Rhodes, Stefon Diggs, Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander, Jayron Kearse, Josh Kline, Linval Joseph, Stephen Weatherly, and Everson Griffen all moved on after playing significant roles for the Vikings over the past few seasons.

So, with this new infusion of rookies, and loss of some older veterans, have the Vikings gotten any younger? Well, last season, their 53-man-roster had an average age of 25.5 years, the sixth youngest team in the league according to an article by Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice. Big shoutout to him, as he had already compiled average ages of each NFL team for the last five seasons, and I used that as my basis for this article.

The Vikings have actually gotten younger, or at least stayed the same, since 2016. Kempski has yet to release his calculation for this season because, well, the 53-man has yet to be decided. So, we need to do some projecting of what the final roster will look like. Luckily, I’ve compiled what I think the roster will look like, organized by age of players.

#PosHTWTAgeExpCollege
1Cameron Dantzler27CB6-218821RMississippi State
2Harrison Hand38CB5-1119721RTemple
3Irv Smith Jr.84TE6-2242212Alabama
4Justin Jefferson18WR6-120221RLSU
5D.J. Wonnum57DE6-525822RSouth Carolina
6Dru Samia73G6-5308222Oklahoma
7Alexander Mattison25RB5-11220222Boise State
8Ezra Cleveland72T6-631122RBoise State
9Myles Dorn46S6-220522RNorth Carolina
10Josh Metellus44S5-1120922RMichigan
11Kris Boyd29CB5-11200232Texas
12Jeff Gladney20CB5-1019123RTCU
13Holton Hill24CB6-2196233Texas
14Mike Hughes21CB5-10189233Central Florida
15Armon Watts96DT6-5295232Arkansas
16Troy Dye45LB6-323123ROregon
17Cameron Smith59LB6-2235232USC
18Austin Cutting58LS6-3245232Air Force
19Oli Udoh74T6-6325232Elon
20Bisi Johnson81WR6-0204232Colorado State
21Dillon Mitchell13WR6-1202231Oregon
22K.J. Osborn17WR5-1120323RMiami (Fla.)
23Hercules Mata’afa51DT6-2254243Washington State
24Mike Boone23RB5-10206243Cincinnati
25Dalvin Cook33RB5-10210244Florida State
26Brian O’Neill75T6-7297243Pittsburgh
27Tyler Conklin83TE6-3254243Central Michigan
28Garrett Bradbury56C6-3305252North Carolina State
29Danielle Hunter99DE6-5252256LSU
30Jaleel Johnson94DT6-3316254Iowa
31Ben Gedeon42LB6-2244254Michigan
32Eric Wilson50LB6-1230254Cincinnati
33Ifeadi Odenigbo95DE6-3258263Northwestern
34C.J. Ham30FB5-11235264Augustana (S.D.)
35Pat Elflein65G6-3303264Ohio State
36Anthony Zettel92DE6-4265275Penn State
37Michael Pierce98DT6-0340275Samford
38Ameer Abdullah31RB5-9203276Nebraska
39Brett Jones61C6-2315286Regina (Canada)
40Anthony Barr55LB6-5255287UCLA
41Eric Kendricks54LB6-0232286UCLA
42Sean Mannion4QB6-6230286Oregon State
43Rashod Hill69T6-6313285Southern Mississippi
44Shamar Stephen93DT6-5309297Connecticut
45Dakota Dozier78OL6-4312297Furman
46Anthony Harris41S6-1202296Virginia
47Adam Thielen19WR6-2200297Minnesota State
48Kyle Rudolph82TE6-62653010Notre Dame
49Kirk Cousins8QB6-3202319Michigan State
50Harrison Smith22S6-2214319Notre Dame
51Riley Reiff71T6-6305319Iowa
52Dan Bailey5K6-01903210Oklahoma State
53Britton Colquitt2P6-32103511Tennessee

This particular projection gives us an average roster age of 25.3 years. This is assuming some important things. First, that the Vikings don’t bring back Everson Griffen. Griffen, who has presumably been waiting for Jedeveon Clowney to sign a contract to dictate his market value. I, personally, think it’s about 50/50 whether Griff will be back this season.

It’s also assuming that some key depth veterans aren’t replaced by younger players. Most notably, Dakota Dozier, Rashod Hill, Sean Mannion, Ameer Abdullah, Brett Jones, and Anthony Zettel. All of those guys are above the current roster average of 25.3 years, and are possible, not necessarily likely but possible, candidates for cuts.

Although a vast majority of the cuts I made are below the current average, and therefore would only bring down the average age, the ones I cut above the average who would bring it back up are Aviante Collins, Eddie Yarborough, Bralon Addison, and Chad Beebe. Again, all players who are fighting for their roster spot against much younger, and newer options.

So, the difference in average age, using my projected cuts here is only .2 years. That doesn’t seem significant, but if we take that .2 and multiply it across the 53, we get a difference in 10.6 years from last year’s roster.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s not much, but it will keep the Vikings in the top ten youngest teams in the NFL, assuming this season is similar to last (I haven’t calculated out the actual average age of each NFL roster, yet.) It also keeps the Vikings on a trajectory of getting younger and younger, something that should, in theory, help the team over the next few seasons as they try to rework their once great secondary and fix their historically dreadful offensive line.

In case you’re wondering, here is the chart of players I cut for this exercise.

#PosHTWTAgeExpCollege
Aviante Collins76T6-4292274TCU
Eddie Yarbrough52DE6-3259273Wyoming
Bralon Addison89WR5-10190261Oregon
Chad Beebe12WR5-10183263Northern Illinois
Marcus Sayles36CB5-10175251West Georgia
Stacy Keely90DE6-6220251UAB
Tajaé Sharpe11WR6-4194255Massachusetts
Tony Brooks-James35RB5-9179251Oregon
David Moa60DT6-329624RBoise State
DeMarquis Gates47LB6-2221241Mississippi
Jake Browning3QB6-2210241Washington
Jalyn Holmes91DT6-5283243Ohio State
Alexander Hollins15WR6-1166231Eastern Illinois
Blake Brandel62T6-730723ROregon State
Blake Lynch48LB6-322523RBaylor
Brandon Dillon86TE6-5250231Marian
Brian Cole II39S6-221323RMississippi State
Dan Chisena85WR6-320223RPenn State
Davion Davis16WR5-11195231Sam Houston State
Jake Bargas40FB6-225023RNorth Carolina
Jake Lacina63OL6-430023RAugustana (S.D.)
Kemon Hall37DB5-11190231North Texas
Mark Fields32CB5-10180231Clemson
Nakia Griffin-Stewart87TE6-526023RPittsburgh
Nate Meadors26CB5-11194231UCLA
Nevelle Clarke34CB6-119023RUCF
Tyler Higby60OL6-530023RMichigan State
Brady Aiello67T6-731122ROregon
Jordan Fehr49LB6-223022RAppalachian State
Kenny Willekes79DE6-326422RMichigan State
Kyle Hinton68G6-229522RWashburn
Nate Stanley7QB6-423522RIowa
Quartney Davis14WR6-120122RTexas A&M
James Lynch66DT6-428921RBaylor
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      The Minnesota Vikings have added 27 rookies to their roster this offseason. That’s a lot, and it makes sense for a team that saw a decent amount of tu
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