The 5 Youngest Players on the Vikings | 2024

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The NFL Draft is less than four weeks away, and five to ten new players will join the club. A slew of undrafted free agents will also hit the roster in the next four weeks.

In the meantime, Minnesota still has time to add new free agents, although the popular names are off the board. The Vikings need roster help at quarterback, defensive tackle, outside linebacker, and, arguably, interior offensive line.

The 5 Youngest Players on the Vikings | 2024

And per the current roster, these are the five youngest players on the Vikings roster as of March 31st, ranked in ascending order (No. 1 = youngest).

5. Andrew Booth (CB)

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Birthdate = September 28, 2000
Age = 23

Arriving at his third season in 2024, Booth is either sitting on a breakout season or status as one of the most underwhelming Vikings draft picks in recent memory. We shall see.

Booth fired up a commendable 68.6 Pro Football Focus grade in 2023, playing about 100 coverage snaps. The man actually looked good when on the field; he just didn’t see the field consistently as a starter. He has youth on his side, and this summer + fall will determine if Booth has staying power in Minnesota. It could go either way.

4. Jaquelin Roy (DT)

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Birthdate = October 22, 2000
Age = 23

Roy played 96 defensive snaps as a rookie last season, a modest amount. Minnesota failed to sign a high-profile defensive tackle like Christian Wilkins this offseason — although they allegedly pursued him — so Roy, if he wants it, has a clear path to break through as a sophomore.

Only Jonathan Bullard, Jerry Tillery, and Jonah Williams stand his way. And, of course, he has youth on his side.

3. Ivan Pace Jr. (LB)

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Birthdate = December 16, 2000
Age = 23

This man will start again in 2024, and he started at the age of 22, too.

Probably the Vikings’ most pleasant surprise in 2023 — Jordan Addison might disagree — this undrafted gem is the third-youngest player on Minnesota’s roster. With Jordan Hicks now in Cleveland, Pace is poised to anchor the middle of the purple defense in 2024 and indefinitely beyond that.

The knock on Pace was size coming out of college, and he proved in 2023 that weakness hardly slowed him down.

2. DeWayne McBride (RB)

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Birthdate = July 8, 2001
Age = 22

McBride couldn’t make it off the practice squad in 2023, and truth be told, he didn’t play very well in the preseason. Vikings fans and fantasy football heads were high on him right after the draft, speculating he could leapfrog Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler on the 2023 depth chart.

That never happened.

However, with three years left on his rookie deal and youth in his tool bag, McBride could emerge before too long.

1. Jordan Addison (WR)

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Birthdate = January 27, 2002
Age = 22

Addison didn’t receive much Offensive Rookie of the Year love because of C.J. Stroud’s and Puka Nucua’s rookie campaigns, but he performed marvelously when Kirk Cousins was the quarterback. Everything halted for Addison when Joshua Dobbs took over in 2023.

Beyond the shadow of a doubt, Addison will be Minnesota’s WR2 in 2024, and he just so happens to be the club’s youngest player.


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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