Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart
- NFC North
- U.S. Bank Stadium
- Head Coach
- Mike Zimmer
- Offensive Coordinator
- Gary Kubiak
- Defensive Coordinator
- Adam Zimmer & Andre Patterson
- Special Teams Coach
- Marwin Maaloof
- Defensive Scheme
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook and the team have had "productive talks" regarding a new deal but are reportedly not close to reaching an agreement. The 24-year-old, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, may command a significant increase in pay, potentially earning him more than Carolina Panthers back Christian McCaffrey, who will receive $16 million per season over the next four years after reaching a new deal this offseason. Cook was a top-five back from a fantasy perspective in 2019 but has battled injuries over the years. As long as he can remain healthy, he could have a prominent role in 2020 once again under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, with the 58-year-old serving as an offensive advisor with the club last season.
Minnesota Vikings tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. should both be considered starters going into the 2020 season, in the opinion of NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal. Rosenthal considers them both as starters over No. 3 receiver Bisi Johnson because each tight end played more than 600 offensive snaps in 2019. Smith was the youngest player taken in last year's draft, and he still impressed in his rookie season with 36 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games (seven starts). He won't turn 22 until August and is a breakout candidate despite fighting for targets with Rudolph. Even though Minnesota is a run-first squad, someone will have to make up for the absence of Stefon Diggs in the passing game. Draft Smith as an upside TE2.
Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris signed his franchise tender on Sunday, and his agents and the Vikings will continue to work on a long-term extension in the meantime. The two sides will have until July 15 to work out a long-term extension. It was a surprise back when the Vikings put the franchise tag on Harris, and they did so with the hope that they would find a taker for the 28-year-old (29 next month) on the trade market. That obviously hasn't materialized this offseason. Harris had career highs in total tackles (60), solo tackles (35), interceptions (six) and passes defensed (11) in 14 games for the Vikings in the 2019 season.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook plans to take part in the team's virtual offseason program while awaiting a new contract, according to sources. Cook is entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2020. Minnesota's virtual program begins on Monday. The two sides could work something out long term this summer. The Vikings didn't add any additional running backs in the draft, showing how committed they are to Cook as their true workhorse in the backfield. He finished as the No. 5 fantasy running back in 2019 after rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. There are some injury concerns with Cook, but he remains a solid RB1 that will come off the board early in drafts.
The Minnesota Vikings used their last pick of the 2020 NFL Draft on offensive guard Kyle Hinton out of Washburn. Hinton has NFL size at 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, and displayed an advanced skill level for a small-school prospect. He'll need time to adjust to a higher level of competition, but he is a good interior lineman that can provide depth at multiple positions.