The Vikings Active Roster with the Draft Hours Away

Mystery Dwindles on
Jan 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) and guard Ezra Cleveland (72) greet fans after the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings have added seven newcomers in March and April, including Josh Oliver (TE, Ravens), Marcus Davenport (EDGE, Saints), Byron Murphy (CB, Cardinals), Dean Lowry (DT, Packers), Brandon Powell (WR, Rams), Troy Reeder (LB, Chargers), and Joejuan Williams (CB, Patriots).

Cameron Dantzler (CB, Commanders), Eric Kendricks (LB, Chargers), Patrick Peterson (CB, Steelers), Adam Thielen (WR, Panthers), Dalvin Tomlinson (DT, Browns), Duke Shelley (CB, Raiders), Irv Smith (TE, Bengals), and Kris Boyd (CB, Cardinals) left the team.

The Vikings Active Roster with the Draft Hours Away

Meanwhile, the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night at 7:00 pm CST in Kansas City. Minnesota is scheduled to pick five times between then and Saturday, although that number is subject to changes via trades.

Here’s the current lay of the land.

— Offensive Roster —

Roster with the Draft
Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) reacts after a play against the New York Giants during the second quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.


QB1: Kirk Cousins
QB2: Nick Mullens

Running Back

RB1: Dalvin Cook
RB2: Alexander Mattison
RB3: Kene Nwangwu
RB4: Ty Chandler


FB1: C.J. Ham

Wide Receiver

WR1: Justin Jefferson
WR2: K.J. Osborn
WR3: Jalen Nailor
WR4: Jalen Reagor
WR5: Brandon Powell
WR6: Blake Proehl
WR7: Trishton Jackson

Tight End

TE1: T.J. Hockenson
TE2: Josh Oliver
TE3: Johnny Mundt
TE4: Ben Ellefson
TE5: Nick Muse

Left Tackle

LT1: Christian Darrisaw
LT2: Blake Brandel
LT3: Vederian Lowe

Right Tackle

RT1: Brian O’Neill
RT2: Oli Udoh


C1: Garrett Bradbury
C2: Austin Schlottmann
C3: Josh Sokol

Left Guard

LG1: Ezra Cleveland

Right Guard

RG1: Ed Ingram
RG2: Chris Reed

— Defensive Roster —

'Horrible Harry' Was Pretty Wonderful on Tuesday
Oct 2, 2022; London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Harrison Phillips (97) during the NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter van den Berg-USA TODAY Sports.

Outside Linebacker

OLB1: Danielle Hunter
OLB2: Marcus Davenport
OLB3: Za’Darius Smith
OLB4: D.J. Wonnum
OLB5: Patrick Jones
OLB6: Luiji Vilain
OLB7: Benton Whitley
OLB8: Curtis Weaver

Defensive End

DE1: Harrison Phillips
DE2: Dean Lowry
DE3: James Lynch
DE4: Jonathan Bullard
DE5: Ross Blacklock
DE6: Kenny Willekes
DE7: Esezi Otomewo

Nose Tackle

NT1: Khyiris Tonga
NT2: Sheldon Day
NT3: T.J. Smith

Middle Linebacker

MLB1: Brian Asamoah
MLB2: Troy Reeder
MLB3: Troy Dye

Weakside Linebacker

WLB1: Jordan Hicks
WLB2: William Kwenkeu


CB1: Byron Murphy
CB2: Andrew Booth
CB3: Akayleb Evans
CB4: Tay Gowan
CB5: Kalon Barnes
CB6: Joejuan Williams


S1: Harrison Smith
S2: Lewis Cine
S3: Camryn Bynum
S4: Josh Metellus
S5: Theo Jackson

— Special Teams Roster —

Verdict on the Vikings
Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings place kicker Greg Joseph (1) warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.


K1: Greg Joseph


P1: Ryan Wright

Long Snapper

LS: Andrew DePaola

Kick Returner

KR1: Kene Nwangwu
KR2: K.J. Osborn

Punt Returner

PR1: Jalen Reagor | Brandon Powell
PR2: K.J. Osborn
PR3: Jalen Nailor

Justin Jefferson Weighs in
Dec 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) during the first quarter against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota is projected with a familiar win forecast this season as of early April — 8.5 wins. It’s the identical Vegas forecast from last year at this time. Most experts believe the franchise wildly overachieved in 2022 and will regress accordingly in Kevin O’Connell’s second year.

The Vikings have roster needs at cornerback, linebacker, interior defensive line, wide receiver, and possibly quarterback if 2023 is truly Kirk Cousins’ final year with the club.

Oddsmakers believe general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah will choose a cornerback or wide receiver with his first pick of the event.

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 Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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