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Former Vikings S Joey Browner
1st: Chris Cook
2nd: Chris Carr
3rd: Josh Robinson
4th: Zack Bowman
5th: Bobby Felder
6th: Chris Stroud
Cook is the starter on the outside and will likely be asked to shadow teams' top receivers.
Carr has had a very nice offseason and is the likely starter on the outside when the Vikings are in a nickel package.
Robinson has been slowed by injuries but still ranks ahead of Bowman and Felder. Robinson is in the mix to return kicks as well.
Bowman is a very good special teams player but hasn't climbed the depth chart. He could be in danger of losing his spot to Felder.
Felder is an undrafted free agent out of Nichols State who has caused a lot of buzz in training camp. He could be quickly climbing the depth chart if he can reproduce that level of play in preseason games.
Stroud will not make the final roster.
1st: Antoine Winfield
2nd: Brandon Burton
3rd: Marcus Sherels
4th: Reggie Jones
5th: Corey Gatewood
Winfield is healthy and is looking to have a bounce-back season. He is likely to play a lot in the slot in nickel packages but the coaches have said that they will move him around.
Burton has been very solid this offseason and has a good chance to make the final roster.
The last man in could come down to Felder, Jones and/or Sherels. Sherels has the edge on punt returning but after struggling at cornerback last year, he is no lock to make the team.
Jones, like Felder, has caused coaches to take notice and could be moving up the depth chart quickly with more good performances.
Gatewood is not expected to make the roster.
1st: Antoine Winfield
2nd: Marcus Sherels
3rd: Chris Carr
4th: Robert Blanton
No real surprises here with Winfield on top of the depth chart.
The only surprise may be that Sherels is ranked second. The second-year undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota will need to have a strong training camp to keep this spot.
Robert Blanton is also a mild surprise to see on the list. It will be interesting to see how the Vikings utilize the college cornerback turned safety in the preseason.
1st: Jamarca Sanford
2nd: Harrison Smith
3rd: Andrew Sendejo
This is my biggest surprise so far on the entire depth chart. Sanford "earned" his starting job in 2011 by beating out Tyrell Johnson in camp, but was ultimately ineffective. Sanford thrives on special teams where he can best utilize his high motor on returns.
Sanford may have the nod right now based on trying to keep Smith motivated in proving himself. Smith is the 2012 first-round draft pick that was getting some first team reps early in camp but has given way to Sanford recently.
Smith is a very smart, steady player that may shine in game situations.
Sendejo has spent time with the Jets and Cowboys. He saw action in a career-high three game in 2011 with Minnesota but will not likely make the final roster.
1st: Mistral Raymond
2nd: Eric Frampton
3rd: Robert Blanton
No real surprises at strong safety.
Raymond has seemed to be the starter since minicamp and hasn't relinquished the role yet. He was not a great coverage safety in 2011, which he will need to improve upon to keep the role.
Frampton is the leading returning tackler on special teams and could earn a spot based solely on that role alone.
He is certainly on the bubble for a roster spot and will be pushed by rookie Robert Blanton.
Blanton was the 2012 fifth-round draft pick and will be given time to learn his new safety position after playing cornerback at Notre Dame. Blanton is also in the mix to earn snaps as a nickel cornerback.