The NFL offseason officially starts Monday, a day after Super Bowl LVI.
But Minnesota already been in that mode for a month, a stretch that has included hiring Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and conducting head coaching interviews.
With the offseason really about to kick into full gear — the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine is just over two weeks away — Anthony Treash of analytics site Pro Football Focus took a look at Minnesota’s top needs heading into the coming months.
Treash listed four positions — cornerback, interior offensive line, edge rusher and quarterback — that could be top of mind for the Vikings with free agency and the draft on the horizon.
The new regime in Minnesota has a tall task ahead of it to get the franchise back on the right track. The cornerback room in particular needs a complete overhaul. The Vikings gave up the third-most yards on the outside (1,802) while also tying for the third-fewest plays on the ball at the position (18). None of their cornerbacks had a quality campaign, but Bashaud Breeland — who was waived in mid-December — was the main reason for the outside struggles. His 45.3 coverage grade was the fourth-lowest among qualifying cornerbacks. Slot corner Mackensie Alexander’s down season didn’t help, either. He finished with the lowest slot coverage grade in the NFL.
Alexander and fellow cornerback Patrick Peterson are scheduled to be free agents in March.