It cannot be denied that the Minnesota Vikings’ defense was bad in 2022. Ed Donatell’s unit was among the lowest ranked in the NFL, and if it were not for this miraculous comeback, Kevin O’Connell’s first season could have been much worse. In 2023, the cornerback room hasn’t looked much better by Madden 24.
‘Madden’ Thinks Vikings Cornerbacks Are Downright Bad
One of the Vikings’ biggest additions this offseason may come in the form of defensive coordinator Brian Flores. Moving on from Ed Donatell was a must during last season, but Flores brings an opportunity for the unit to at least showcase its potential. While inefficiency was rife throughout the group the previous year, the cornerback position was fractured too often.
A rookie stepping in and hoping to make an immediate impact, Blackmon should have ample opportunity to compete. Then again, the Vikings cornerback room is nothing to write home about, and Blackmon can certainly establish himself as a capable playmaker.
Aqaleb Evans – 68
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Evans had a coming-out party last year against the Washington Commanders, but was then nursing an injury and was largely unavailable. If he can return to full health, that rating should rise substantially, and Flores will find himself leaning on Evans more often in coverage.
Tai Govan (65), Kalon Barnes (64)
This pairing leaves a lot to be desired, and it remains to be seen which one of them will actually make a dent in the active roster. Either way, there’s a big difference between number one for Minnesota and number two after the following four options. Madden knows it, and you know it too.
In case you’re wondering, fan favorite Duke Shelley is 74 overall for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Ted Schwarzler is a blogger from the Twin Cities focused on all things Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. he is active Twitter and writes weekly for twin daily, As a former college athlete and avid sports fan, covering our pro teams with passion has always seemed like a natural outlet.