Explained: 6 Men Not Named Irv Smith Who Could Break Out for 2022 Vikings

Vikings Defense
Oct 10, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) and defensive tackle Armon Watts (96) and middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (94) in action during the game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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This is Episode 56 of VikesNow, a YouTube channel devoted to daily Minnesota Vikings analysis. This episode examines a handful of Vikings players who could break out in 2022.

Particularly, players from various positions are discussed, and the only disclaimer is that Irv Smith Jr. is not mentioned — because he’s the fashionable choice on the topic.

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Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).