The Way Too Early Vikings 53-Man Roster Projection

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The 2024 NFL Draft is complete, as the Minnesota Vikings welcomed seven rookies from the event and added 17 undrafted free agents in the hours after.

The Way Too Early Vikings 53-Man Roster Projection

The Minnesota Vikings have added these veteran newcomers so far this offseason:

  • A.J. Green, CB —1 Year, $1.05m (CLE)
  • Jonathan Greenard, EDGE — 4 Years, $76m (HOU)
  • Andrew Van Ginkel, EDGE — 2 Years, $20m (MIA)
  • Blake Cashman, ILB — 3 Years, $25.5m (HOU)
  • Sam Darnold, QB — 1 Year, $10m (SF)
  • Parker Romo, K — XFL
  • Aaron Jones, RB — 1 Year, $7m (GB)
  • Jerry Tillery, DT — 1 Year, $3.75m (LV)
  • Trent Sherfield, WR — 1 Year $1.79m (BUF)
  • Dan Feeney, OL — 1 Year (CHI)
  • Jonah Williams, DT — 1 Year (LAR)
  • Shaq Griffin, CB — 1 Year (CAR)
  • Kamu Grugier-Hill, ILB — 1 Year (CAR)
  • Jihad Ward, EDGE — 1 Year (NYG)

And these men remain as in-house free agents:

  • RB Cam Akers
  • LB Anthony Barr
  • DT James Lynch
  • G Chris Reed
  • IOL Dalton Risner
  • DL T.J. Smith
  • LB Nick Vigil

The following is a way-too-early peek at what a 53-man roster might look like. Rookies are noted in bold.

Note: Men crossed off the list could land on the practice squad and avoid outright release.

— Offensive Roster —

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Quarterback (3)

QB1: Sam Darnold
QB2: J.J. McCarthy
QB3: Nick Mullens

Out: Jaren Hall

Running Back (3)

RB1: Aaron Jones
RB2: Ty Chandler
RB3: Kene Nwangwu

Out: DeWayne McBride | Myles Gaskin

Fullback (0)

Out: C.J. Ham

Wide Receiver (5)

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WR1: Justin Jefferson
WR2: Jordan Addison
WR3: Brandon Powell
WR4: Trent Sherfield
WR5: Jalen Nailor

Out: Lucky Jackson | Malik Knowles | Thayer Thomas | Daylen Baldwin | Trishton Jackson | N’Keal Harry | Ty James | Jeshaun Jones | Devron Harper

Tight End (3)

TE1: T.J. Hockenson (PUP)
TE2: Josh Oliver
TE3: Johnny Mundt
TE4: Nick Muse

Out: Trey Knox

Left Tackle (2)

LT1: Christian Darrisaw
LT2: Walter Rouse

Out: Doug Nester

Right Tackle (2)

RT1: Brian O’Neill
RT2: David Quessenberry

Out: Spencer Rolland

Center (2)

C1: Garrett Bradbury
C2: Michael Jurgens

Out: Matthew Cindric

Left Guard (1)

LG1: Blake Brandel

Out: Henry Byrd | Tyrese Robinson

Right Guard (2)

RG1: Ed Ingram
RG2: Dan Feeney

Out: Jeremy Flax

— Defensive Roster —

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Outside Linebacker (6)

OLB1: Jonathan Greenard
OLB2: Dallas Turner
OLB3: Andrew Van Ginkel
OLB4: Jihad Ward
OLB5: Andre Carter II
OLB6: Gabriel Murphy

Out: Patrick Jones II | Owen Porter | Bo Richter

Defensive End (4)

DE1: Jerry Tillery
DE2: Jonathan Bullard
DE3: Jaquelin Roy
DE4: Levi Drake Rodriguez

Out: Jonah Williams | Tyler Manoa

Nose Tackle (1)

NT1: Harrison Phillips

Out: Taki Taimani

Middle Linebacker (2)

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MLB1: Ivan Pace
MLB2: Kamu Grugier-Hill

Out: Abraham Beauplan | Dallas Gant | Donovan Manuel

Weakside Linebacker (2)

WLB1: Blake Cashman
WLB2: Brian Asamoah

Out: KJ Cloyd

Cornerback (6)

CB1: Byron Murphy
CB2: Mekhi Blackmon
CB3: Shaquill Griffin
CB4: Andrew Booth
CB5: Khyree Jackson
CB6: NaJee Thompson

Out: Akayleb Evans | Jaylin Williams | Joejuan Williams | A.J. Green III | Dwight McGlothern

Safety (6)

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

Out: None

— Special Teams Roster —

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Kicker (1)

K1: Will Reichard

Out: Parker Romo

Punter (1)

P1: Ryan Wright

Out: Seth Vernon

Long Snapper (1)

LS: Andrew DePaola

Kick Returner

KR1: Kene Nwangwu
KR2: Ty Chandler

Punt Returner

PR1: Brandon Powell

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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).

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