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Vikings 53 Man Roster Projections

With 2 preseason games in the books it’s time to take a stab at the Vikings final 53 man roster. As always were some tough cuts and a few eye browsing guys who snuck onto the roster. Soak it all in below.

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks (2)
Sam Bradford, Case Keenum

Notes: Only rolling with 2, Teddy should be back midseason and Taylor has shown …. not much.

Running backs (3)
Dalvin Cook, Latavius Murray, Jerick McKinnon

Note: Tough to see CJ Ham go, but if Murray is truly healthy he can be expendable.

Receivers (6)
Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell, Jarius Wright, Rodney Adams, Stacy Coley

Note: One of the easier positions to predict … bye MoBo.

Tight ends (3)
Kyle Rudolph, David Morgan, Bucky Hodges

Note: Barring a surprise these should be the 3 amigos at TE for ’17.

Offensive line (10)
Riley Reiff, Mike Remmers, Willie Beavers, Rashod Hill, Alex Boone, Nick Easton, Pat Elflein, Joe Berger, Jeremiah Sirles, Danny Isidora

Note: Clemmings gets the ax, and Beavers sneaks in for another year in purple.

DEFENSE

Defensive line (10)
Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter, Brian Robison, Tashawn Bower, Linval Joseph, , Datone Jones, Jaleel Johnson, Shamar Stephen, Tom Johnson

Note: Talk about a loaded group up front, really looking forward to see what Bower has to offer.

Linebackers (6)
Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, Edmond Robinson, Kentrell Brothers, Ben Gedeon, Eric Wilson

Note: Wilson sneaks in on his great play so far in preseason and Brothers although limited so far also gets another shot.

Defensive backs (10)
Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander, Terence Newman, Marcus Sherels, Harrison Smith, Andrew Sendejo, Anthony Harris, Jayron Kearse, Antone Exum Jr.

Note: Still not sold both Exum and Harris make the squad but they manage to do enough for now to make the 53.

Specialists (3)
K Kai Forbath, P Ryan Quigley, LS Kevin McDermott

Note: Quigley boots himself onto the final 53, and the other 2 should be locks.

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Grading the Vikings Signing of Will Sutton

If this grade was up to my heart it would be an A+…. maybe even an A++++. There is no possible way I can deny the amount of love I had for Sutton in the 2014 NFL Draft. He racked up 32 sacks during his time at Arizona St. (23.5 in his final year alone). So the talent was there, and the Bears acknowledged it with a 3rd round selection. Unfortunately he hasn’t racked up a sack SINCE that last year of college. He has started 18 games for the Bears over the past 3 years but hasn’t come close to living up to his potential.

Where I think it went wrong was the Bears switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 after Sutton’s rookie season. Sutton just wasn’t made for a 3-4. So there is still hope he could find his own in the Vikings scheme. He will join Linval Joseph, Sharrif Floyd, Tom Johnson, Jaleel Johnson …. So by no means is he a lock to make the roster, but with the question marks surrounding Floyd I would say he has a 50/50 shot.

If I had to put money on it, I say Sutton makes the squad as a rotational guy and even gets his 1st career sack wearing that beautiful purple jersey, but damn it …. that might be my heart talking again. I see it as a low-risk/high-reward type of signing. Worst case he is a camp body who helps push a younger guy to make the team.

 

Grade for signing Will Sutton: A+ ….. Okay maybe not …. C-

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Grading the Vikings 3rd Round Pick | Pat Elflein

Initial Reaction: Getting Elflein AND Cook without even having a 1st round pick??? Not too ….. shabby. Elflein was highly connected to the Vikings throughout the draft process and after the Cook pick I figured it was a long shot they would get him in round 3. The Ohio St. big man joins an offensive line in desperate need of both a guard and center, which … hold on to your hats … he plays both. While it isn’t 100% yet where he will play as a rookie, all that matters is he will play somewhere and big a big ole upgrade. Smart player who will be a good locker room guy who could start in the NFL for next 8+ years.

Disclaimer: I agree you can’t grade a player before they even put a jersey on, but what fun would that be?

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Grading the Vikings 2nd Round Pick | Dalvin Cook

Initial Reaction: What the #$#%, at no point in the draft process did I think this was even a possibility. So while it was a surprise, it was a pleasant one. Even with the signing of Murray in the offseason Cook has a real shot at being the Vikings starting running back week 1. He has a few character question marks and some injury concerns that scared teams off, but if he can get past that he could be the biggest steal of the entire damn draft. He is a home-run type player who puts up huge games. Has the speed, intangibles and playmaking ability to take it to the house each time he touches the ball. Could put up 1,000+ as a rookie.

Disclaimer: I agree you can’t grade a player before they even put a jersey on, but what fun would that be?

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Grading the San Francisco 49ers 1st Round Pick

Player Selected: Reuben Foster LB, Alabama

Initial Reaction: He hasn’t been the most popular player in the draft for the past few weeks but his talent and tape speak for itself. With his play on the field he could of easily been a top 5 pick. He slid further than he should have and pairing him up with Thomas is real …. real good.

Disclaimer: I agree you can’t grade a player before they even put a jersey on, but what fun would that be?

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