Way-Too-Early 53-Man Vikings Roster Projection

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Nine players departed the Minnesota Vikings this offseason, including 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), Kris Boyd (CB, Cardinals), and Chandon Sullivan (CB, Steelers).

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) were welcomed as newcomers via free agency.

Six men arrived from the 2023 NFL Draft, plus another 15 undrafted free agents.

Way-Too-Early 53-Man Vikings Roster Projection

Minnesota has about four months until the regular season, so a lot will change in May, June, July, and August.

Here’s a look at how the 53-man roster might shakedown. Rookies are in bold.

Note: Many “projected to miss 53-man roster” players will hit the practice squad, like rookie QB Jaren Hall.

— Offensive Roster —

Early 53
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Quarterback (2)

QB1: Kirk Cousins
QB2: Nick Mullens

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Jaren Hall (practice squad)

Running Back (4)

RB1: Alexander Mattison
RB2: Ty Chandler
RB3: DeWayne McBride
RB4: Kene Nwangwu

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Dalvin Cook (trade or release)

Fullback (1)

FB1: C.J. Ham

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: n/a

Wide Receiver (5)

WR1: Justin Jefferson
WR2: Jordan Addison
WR3: K.J. Osborn
WR4: Jalen Nailor
WR5: Brandon Powell

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Jalen Reagor, Blake Proehl, Trishton Jackson, Cephus Johnson, Malik Knowles

Tight End (3)

TE1: T.J. Hockenson
TE2: Josh Oliver
TE3: Johnny Mundt

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Ben Ellefson, Nick Muse, Ben Sims

Left Tackle (3)

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

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: n/a

Right Tackle (2)

RT1: Brian O’Neill
RT2: Oli Udoh

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Jacky Chen

Center (2)

C1: Garrett Bradbury
C2: Austin Schlottmann

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Josh Sokol

Left Guard (1)

LG1: Ezra Cleveland

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Alan Ali

Right Guard (2)

RG1: Ed Ingram
RG2: Chris Reed

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: n/a

— Defensive Roster —

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Outside Linebacker (5)

OLB1: Danielle Hunter
OLB2: Marcus Davenport
OLB3: D.J. Wonnum
OLB4: Patrick Jones
OLB5: Andre Carter II

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Za’Darius Smith (trade or release), Luiji Vilain, Benton Whitley, Curtis Weaver

Defensive End (4)

DE1: Harrison Phillips
DE2: Dean Lowry
DE3: Jonathan Bullard
DE4: Esezi Otomewo

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: James Lynch, Ross Blacklock, Kenny Willekes

Nose Tackle (2)

NT1: Khyiris Tonga
NT2: Jaquelin Roy

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Sheldon Day, T.J. Smith, Calvin Avery

Middle Linebacker (2)

MLB1: Brian Asamoah
MLB2: Troy Reeder

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Troy Dye

Weakside Linebacker (2)

WLB1: Jordan Hicks
WLB2: Ivan Pace, Jr.

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: William Kwenkeu, Abraham Beauplan, Wilson Huber

Cornerback (5)

CB1: Byron Murphy
CB2: Andrew Booth
CB3: Akayleb Evans
CB4: Joejuan Williams
CB5: Mekhi Blackmon

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Tay Gowan, Kalon Barnes, C.J. Coldon, NaJee Thompson, Jaylin Williams

Safety (4)

S1: Harrison Smith
S2: Lewis Cine
S3: Josh Metellus
S4: Jay Ward

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Camryn Bynum, Theo Jackson

— Special Teams Roster —

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Kicker (1)

K1: Greg Joseph

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Jack Podelsny

Punter (1)

P1: Ryan Wright

Long Snapper (1)

LS: Andrew DePaola

Kick Returner

KR1: Kene Nwangwu
KR2: K.J. Osborn

Punt Returner

PR1: Brandon Powell
PR2: Jalen Nailor

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


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).

All statistics provided by Pro Football Reference / Stathead; all contractual information provided by OverTheCap.com.

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