4 Vikings Who Could Reach Pro Bowl for First Time | 2023

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The Minnesota Vikings sent seven players to the Pro Bowl in 2022, an impressive showing after a 13-4 season and a division title.

While seven players is a tough act to follow, the club will undoubtedly send more this season, and some could even earn first-time nods.

4 Vikings Who Could Reach Pro Bowl for First Time | 2023

These are those men in alphabetical order.

1. Christian Darrisaw (LT)

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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.

Christian Darrisaw is evidently one more year from receiving leaguewide respect. He’s already accepted as one of the game’s top left tackles, but Pro Bowl voters curiously snubbed his 2022 candidacy. The cornerstone left tackle missed three games last year, apparently a blow to one’s Pro Bowl aspirations.

If Darrisaw continues his upper-echelon production in 2023 — he probably will — it’ll be a crime if he fails to, alas, snag Pro Bowl kudos. The man already deserves them.

2. Marcus Davenport (OLB)

Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Marcus Davenport addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center. Davenport joined the Vikings in March of 2023 after four seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

Davenport spoke this offseason about “starting from zero” once he arrived to the Vikings. He’s even wearing the No. 0 on his jersey.

The ex-Saint has 1st-Round draft stock, looking for a fresh start with the Vikings — one that could pay off to the tune of a Pro Bowl. Inconsistency and injuries sometimes plagued Davenport in New Orleans, but playing alongside Danielle Hunter (we think) in 2023, should free up pass-rushing immortality for Davenport.

Davenport’s Pro Football Focus resume is wildly impressive:

2018 = 71.8
2019 = 84.1
2020 = 73.3
2021 = 88.8
2022 = 76.8

3. Byron Murphy (CB)

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Oct 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. (7) against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

If there were such thing as a ‘bellcow cornerback,’ well, the Vikings would be asking that duty from Murphy.

As of late June, Murphy is the only cornerback on the Vikings roster with prolonged starting experience, meaning he has to meet or exceed expectations. Otherwise, the defense could resemble the 2022 edition, and no Vikings fan anywhere was proud of the group.

Should Murphy perform like he did Arizona for the Vikings — and stay healthy — he just might grab Pro Bowl recognition.

4. Harrison Phillips (DT)

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.

Perhaps a little-known fact about Phillips, he didn’t become a full-time starter until 2022, his first season in Minnesota. Buffalo Bills fans knew for a couple of seasons that Phillips was productive, but his first team didn’t find a starter’s spot for him.

Fast forward to 2022, and Phillips started all 17 Vikings games en route to a spiffy 72.1 Pro Football Focus grade. He likely needs one more season to turn Pro Bowl voters’ heads, and that could be in 2023.

Beyond the shadow of a doubt, Phillips will start again this season (barring injury, of course).

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).

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