3. The Vikings will start a rookie at cornerback
Mike Hughes gives the Minnesota defense a solid option at one starting cornerback spot, but the competition on the other boundary is wide open. Nate Meadors cannot be trusted to develop into a quality starter at that spot.
That means the Vikings have to find a starting cornerback in the draft. The odds favor them filling the need with their first round pick, but that’s not a lock. The only sure thing is that Minnesota will use a relatively high pick on a corner they believe can play meaningful snaps right away.
In a perfect world, CJ Henderson would fall to them at No. 22. That seems unlikely though. Instead, the Vikings will have to consider prospects like Noah Igbinoghene or Trevon Diggs. Remember, Minnesota also has the No. 25 pick in the first round to utilize.
It’s even possible that the Vikings will draft two corners in the first three or four rounds. That would allow Zimmer to hold a competition at the other starting spot. No matter what, he’s going to be starting a rookie when the games get serious.