Vikings Projected Starters in 2023 | Pre-Minicamp

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The Minnesota Vikings have added eight newcomer free agents in the last two months, 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), Joejuan Williams (CB, Patriots), and John Reid (CB, Falcons). Six men arrived from the 2023 NFL Draft, plus another 15 undrafted free agents.

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 (Steelers) left the team.

Za’Darius Smith was traded to Cleveland Friday night; the Vikings finalized the deal Tuesday.

Vikings Projected Starters in 2023 | Pre-Minicamp

Minnesota has less than four months until the regular season, so would-be starters have all summer to prove it.

These are the Vikings projected starters — in bold.

— Offensive Starters —

Starters in 2023
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Quarterback

QB1: Kirk Cousins
QB2: Nick Mullens
QB3: Jaren Hall

Running Back

RB1: Alexander Mattison
RB2: Ty Chandler
RB3: DeWayne McBride
RB4: Kene Nwangwu
**Dalvin Cook is expected to be traded or released after June 1st.

Fullback

FB1: C.J. Ham
FB2: Zach Ojile

Wide Receiver

WR1: Justin Jefferson
WR2: Jordan Addison
WR3: K.J. Osborn
WR4: Jalen Nailor
WR5: Jalen Reagor
WR6: Brandon Powell
WR7: Blake Proehl
WR8: Trishton Jackson
WR9: Cephus Johnson
WR10: Malik Knowles
WR11: Thayer Thomas

Tight End

TE1: T.J. Hockenson
TE2: Josh Oliver
TE3: Johnny Mundt
TE4: Ben Ellefson
TE5: Nick Muse
TE6: Ben Sims

Left Tackle

LT1: Christian Darrisaw
LT2: Blake Brandel
LT3: Vederian Lowe
LT4: Sam Schlueter

Right Tackle

RT1: Brian O’Neill
RT2: Oli Udoh
RT3: Jacky Chen

Center

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

Left Guard

LG1: Ezra Cleveland
LG2: Alan Ali

Right Guard

RG1: Ed Ingram
RG2: Chris Reed

— Defensive Starters —

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Outside Linebacker

OLB1: Danielle Hunter
OLB2: Marcus Davenport
OLB3: D.J. Wonnum
OLB4: Patrick Jones
OLB5: Luiji Vilain
OLB6: Benton Whitley
OLB7: Curtis Weaver
OLB8: Andre Carter II
OLB9: Junior Aho

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: Jaquelin Roy
NT3: Sheldon Day
NT4: T.J. Smith
NT5: Calvin Avery

Middle Linebacker

MLB1: Brian Asamoah
MLB2: Troy Reeder
MLB3: William Kwenkeu
MLB4: Wilson Huber

Weakside Linebacker

WLB1: Jordan Hicks
WLB2: Troy Dye
WLB3: Ivan Pace Jr.
WLB4: Abraham Beauplan

Cornerback

CB1: Byron Murphy
CB2: Andrew Booth
CB3: Akayleb Evans
CB4: Joejuan Williams
CB5: Mekhi Blackmon
CB6: Tay Gowan
CB7: John Reid
CB8: Kalon Barnes
CB9: C.J. Coldon
CB10: NaJee Thompson
CB11: Jaylin Williams

Safety

S1: Harrison Smith
S2: Lewis Cine
S3: Camryn Bynum
S4: Josh Metellus
S5: Jay Ward
S6: Theo Jackson

— Special Teams Starters —

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Kicker

K1: Greg Joseph
K2: Jack Podlesny

Punter

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
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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 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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