Vikings 53-Man Roster Projection | June 2023

Nov 7, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) celebrates with offensive tackle Brian O'Neill (75) after scoring a first quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ten players departed the Minnesota Vikings this offseason, including Cameron Dantzler (CB, Free Agent), 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), Chandon Sullivan (CB, Steelers), and Za’Darius Smith (OLB, Browns — Trade),

Vikings 53-Man Roster Projection | June 2023

Josh Oliver (TE, Ravens), Marcus Davenport (EDGE, Saints), Byron Murphy (CB, Cardinals), Dean Lowry (DT, Packers), Brandon Powell (WR, Rams), Troy Reeder (LB, Chargers), Joejuan Williams (CB, Patriots), and John Reid (CB, Falcons) were welcomed as notable newcomers via free agency.

Six men arrived from the 2023 NFL Draft, highlighted by wide receiver Jordan Addison in Round 1.

Minnesota has about three months until the regular season, so a lot will change in June, July, and August. Here’s a look at how the 53-man roster might shakedown.

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

— Offensive Roster Projection —

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Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw (71) prepares to block against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

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: Zach Ojile

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, Lucky Jackson, Garett Maag

Tight End (3)

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

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

Left Tackle (3)

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

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Sam Schlueter

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 Projection

Dec 11, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Harrison Phillips (97) walks around on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports.

Outside Linebacker (5)

OLB1: Danielle Hunter
OLB2: Marcus Davenport
OLB3: Patrick Jones
OLB4: Luiji Vilain
OLB5: Andre Carter II

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: D.J. Wonnum, Benton Whitley, Curtis Weaver

Defensive End (4)

DE1: Harrison Phillips
DE2: Dean Lowry
DE3: James Lynch
DE4: Esezi Otomewo

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Jonathan Bullard, Ross Blacklock, Junior Aho

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 (5)

S1: Harrison Smith
S2: Lewis Cine
S3: Camryn Bynum
S4: Josh Metellus
S5: Jay Ward

Projected to Miss 53-man Roster: Theo Jackson

— Special Teams Roster Projection

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.

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

Coach Power
Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell looks on from the sideline 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.

Minnesota is projected with a familiar win forecast this season as of early June — 8.5 wins. It’s the same Vegas forecast from last year at this time. Most experts believe the franchise wildly overperformed in 2022 and will take a step back in Kevin O’Connell’s second year. The franchise has +4000 Super Bowl odds — bedfellows with the Green Bay Packers.


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,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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

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