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Both Peter King and Todd McShay have Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes currently mocked to the Minnesota Vikings.

Does that make me a trend setter?

All jokes aside, this is my third update to my 2015 NFL Mock Draft and I just can’t come up with many scenarios where I wouldn’t want Waynes to be our selection. Without going into an enormous amount of detail (those in-depth scouting reports are coming), let me give you a few insights into my thinking.

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[Note:  This segment is a part of a position-by-position look at what the Minnesota Vikings might be inclined to do during the 2015 free agency period.  This is the eighth article, focusing on the cornerbacks.  In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterbacksrunning backs, tight ends, fullbacks, wide outsspecialists and safeties.]

Xavier Rhodes used 2014 to vault himself into the shutdown cornerback conversation and Josh Robinson, one Bears game excluded, thrived in his role on the outside in Mike Zimmer’s defense. The way those two stepped up last year was a huge reason why the Vikings were able to jump up to the seventh ranked passing defense in the NFL.

One of last year’s big free agency acquisitions was Captain Munnerlyn, who signed on for a three year deal worth $11.25 million, but he was disappointing as a Vikings and his post-season remarks indicate he knew it.  Munnerlyn is due to have a cap hit of $3.8 million in 2015, but there would only be a $0.67 million dead cap penalty if they cut him, so it would not be a surprise if the Vikings approached Munnerlyn about taking a pay cut in exchange for job security. In fact, those talks are anticipated to take place in Indianapolis during the NFL Scouting Combine.

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A quick look around the NFC North to see what is happening this time of year regarding our worst enemies:

CHICAGO BEARS

The Chicago Bears have had a very tumultuous offseason thus far, but even more turnover is surely on the horizon, and it could involve some of their biggest names.

Right now, it seems to be a hot topic to wonder about the future of wide out Brandon Marshall whose career has seen him playing the position better than anyone at times, while he also became a distraction with off-field issues.

Michael C. Wright of ESPN makes a solid observation about new head coach John Fox’s resume. Fox oversaw feisty wide out Steve Smith in Carolina, who even threw punches at teammates, and still managed to get great things out of Smith and others. It seems unlikely Fox will balk at the idea of coaching a personality like Marshall’s.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Marshall leave our division, however, as I still see him as being one of the best at playing the position. Josh Robinson is probably another guy that would like to see Chicago get a little thinner at wide receiver.

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Well, the end is near.  Or the beginning… however you prefer to look at it.

Despite no playoff games in the near future, both the Vikings and Bears have plenty of storylines surrounding them in Week 17.  Get caught up and get primed for this final Vikings game of 2014 by browsing the very fine links below:

  • Catching up with former Vikings Brad Johnson and Chris Walsh is bound to be good time.
  • Mike Zimmer is going into Week 17 hoping to win his first divisional game as a head coach.
  • Teddy Bridgewater’s last four week’s have actually been statistically historic.
  • CFL standout and Cris Carter’s son and former Vikings tryout Duron Carter will be visiting with teams, including the Vikings, in an attempt to jump into the NFL.
  • It sure would be nice to have Cordarrelle Patterson turn in a nice game heading into this offseason.
  • Vikings football is almost over.  But Fantasy Draft is just heating up with great chances to win some cash.
  • Our edge rushers will be looking to dominate the Bears offensive line for the second time this season.
  • Like a season finale of Dexter, this game is all about who lives and who gets chopped.
  • Lists of possible free agent targets are so much fun to glance at this time of year.
  • Teddy Bridgewater is starting to stack up against other starting QB’s quite nicely.
  • Josh Robinson is excited to get another crack at the Bears who abused him the first time around.
  • Charles Johnson might be playing well enough to cause the Vikings to ignore wide receiver in the early rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft.
  • This is the last chance to evaluate the strong safety position and Captain Munnerlyn before an offseason of changes.
  • What one word would you use to describe Marcus Sherels?
  • Running backs coach Kirby Wilson is hoping to become an offensive coordinator sooner than later.
  • A game plan to topple Chicago and end 2014 on a positive note.
  • The new Vikings stadium is already selling tickets and making money.
  • Five things to keep track of during the season finale.
  • Fullback Jerome Felton plans to opt out of his contract following this season and become a free agent.
  • Blair Walsh is ranked 32nd in the NFL for field goal percentage, but he still thinks his future is bright.
  • If you are a stats and records type of fan then here are some fun figures to chew on before the game.
  • And now, your moment of Zen:

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Last season, Josh Robinson was called on to replace Vikings veteran Antoine Winfield in slot coverage—and the results were less than impressive. This year, however, the story could not be more different. With a new coaching system under Mike Zimmer and the addition of new defensive players to the roster, Robinson is able to play primarily outside and is really finding his groove.

Offseason transactions brought in Captain Munnerlyn to play the slot, and Robinson looks much more natural playing on the outside. Additionally, he fits better in Zimmer’s defensive scheme that utilizes more man coverage and boundary corners.

“I believe [Coach] Zimmer is doing a great job with a lot of things, which are all helping us become better players,” Robinson said. “Teaching players techniques that work and stressing the importance of accountability and consistency are the biggest contributors to our success.”

“Zimmer came to Minnesota with a reputation for being able to get the most out of defensive backs, and Robinson is probably the team’s most improved player,” said Star Tribune‘s Matt Vensel. “He is a young player with speed and cover skills, and his play this year is a reminder of the dangers of writing off a player after he struggles early in his career.”

Robinson’s 2014 numbers are certainly impressive. At the end of October, the CB was allowing one completion for every 12.4 coverage snaps, compared to 6.9 last season. Robinson also continues to demonstrate improved play-making skills, already notching seven pass breakups and two interceptions.

The more significant of the two picks—if it is fair to say that—occurred on Sept. 7 against the Rams. St. Louis set up at its 19-yard line with 1:13 remaining in the first half, and the play proved pivotal in the game. Robinson executed his coverage of Rams tight end Jared Cook, and the CB was able to intercept the pass and keep his feet in bounds on the way down. The Vikings capitalized on the turnover with a touchdown to go up 13-0 at the half, and they continued on to win the game. Robinson referred to Game 3 as the “most consistent and confidently” played contest of his career, and it’s clear these qualities were not a single-game fluke. The 23-year-old attributes several things to his sudden upswing in performance.

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