Photograph Credit: Chris Price

Photograph Credit: Chris Price

The Vikings first depth chart of the 2013 season, released yesterday at Vikings.com, features few surprises and is pretty much what most expected.

DefenseOffenseSpecial Teams
RCB
Chris Cook
A.J. Jefferson
Brandon Burton
Bobby Felder
Roderick Williams
LT
Matt Kalil
Kevin Murphy
DeMarcus Love
P
Jeff Locke
LCB
Josh Robinson
Xavier Rhodes
Jacob Lacey
Marcus Sherels
Greg McCoy
LG
Charlie Johnson
Jeff Baca
Tyler Holmes
K
Blair Walsh
Nickel
Josh Robinson
Jacob Lacey
Bobby Felder
Marcus Sherels
C
John Sullivan
Joe Berger
Camden Wentz
LS
Cullen Loeffler
FS
Harrison Smith
Robert Blanton
Brandan Bishop
RG
Brandon Fusco
Seth Olsen
Travis Bond
Holder
Jeff Locke
Matt Cassel
McLeod Bethel-Thompson
SS
Jamarca Sanford
Mistral Raymond
Andrew Sendejo
Darius Eubanks
RT
Phil Loadholt
Brandon Kieth
Troy Kropog
Punt Returner
Marcus Sherels
Jarius Wright
Stephem Burton
Josh Robinson
WLB
Marvin Mitchell
Desmond Bishop
Tyrone McKenzie
WR-X
Jerome Simpson
Cordarrelle Patterson
Joe Webb
Chris Summers
Rodney Smith
Greg Childs
Kick Returner
Cordarrelle Patterson
Marcus Sherels
Josh Robinson
A.J. Jefferson
Stephen Burton
Joe Webb
Greg McCoy
Jarius Wright
MLB
Erin Henderson
Audie Cole
Michael Mauti
Nathan Williams
WR-Z
Greg Jennings
Jarius Wright
Stephen Burton
LaMark Brown
Adam Thielen
Erik Highsmith
SLB
Chad Greenway
Larry Dean
Gerald Hodges
TE
Kyle Rudolph
John Carlson
Rhett Ellison
Chase Ford
Colin Anderson
RDE
Jared Allen
Everson Griffen
George Johnson
Collins Ukwu
QB
Christian Ponder
Matt Cassel
McLeod Bethel-Thompson
James Vandenberg
NT
Letroy Guion
Fred Evans
Chase Baker
Anthony McCloud
HB
Adrian Peterson
Toby Gerhart
Matt Asiata
Joe Banyard
Bradley Randle
Jerodis Williams
UT
Kevin Williams
Christian Ballard
Shariff Floyd
Everett Dawkins
FB
Jerome Felton
Zach Line
LDE
Brian Robison
Everson Griffen
D'Aundre Reed
Lawrence Jackson
Marquis Jackson

Jacob Lacey has moved ahead of Marcus Sherels at the LCB spot. Brandon Burton also looks to be ahead of ¬†Sherels at cornerback. Although Sherels is listed as the first Punt Returner, it will be interesting to see where he ends up. It’s not likely the Vikings keep seven cornerbacks on the roster and I doubt they will keep him on solely as a punt returner considering the talent we have in Jarius Wright, Josh Robinson and Cordarrelle Patterson.

Speaking of Cordarrelle Patterson, he shows up as the number one Kick Returner. Not surprising considering the athleticism and big-play-ability he has shown thus far in his short time with the Vikings. At receiver though, Patterson is behind Jerome Simpson. It’s likely that Simpson and big, free-agent signing Greg Jennings will bookend while Patterson will be free to do work in the middle of the field and in the backfield.

Joe Webb and Stephen Burton are still fighting for that fifth spot while Greg Childs finds himself at the very bottom of the depth chart at his position.

One of the few surprises, depending on who you are, is that ex-Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop finds himself behind Marvin Mitchell. It is likely that Bishop is still getting acclimated to the 4-3 system, coming from a 3-4, and will likely move ahead of Marvin Mitchell in the next couple of weeks. It could also be that Bishop has been dealing with an injury and is not quite 100% yet.

DeMarcus Love finds himself at the bottom of the left tackle position which can likely be attributed to his recent 4-game suspension for using PEDs.

Though the word from camp is that halfback Bradley Randle from UNLV has been impressive, he still finds himself behind Matt Asiata and Joe Banyard at his position. Randle will have to continue to impress and put on a good show in preseason games in order to move his way up the depth chart and make the team.

There aren’t really any other surprises on the first depth chart of the 2013 season. And, while I expect there to be some minor shifts, this is likely to be pretty close to what the depth chart is heading into the regular season.