The Minnesota Vikings have several position needs entering the upcoming NFL draft, which takes place April 25-27. With the recent signing of Antoine Winfield by the Seattle Seahawks, general manager Rick Spielman should target cornerback in multiple rounds of the draft.
The team's current depth chart includes Chris Cook, Josh Robinson, A.J. Jefferson, Brandon Burton and Marcus Sherels. The oft-injured Cook has shown flashes of success but needs to stay healthy in order to be considered a viable option.
Robinson continues to develop in the Vikings defense after his rookie campaign, and Jefferson impressed the team enough to sign him to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent.
Burton and Sherels both provided depth for the Vikings in 2012 but are best suited exclusively for dime defenses or on special teams. Sherels recorded his first career touchdown in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions on a 77-yard punt return.
The Vikings have 11 total selections in this year's event, including at least one in each of the seven rounds of the draft. With that much ammunition, Minnesota could choose to target cornerback early in the draft, but will have opportunities to also add great value at the position in later rounds.
In this third edition addressing positions of need, I have highlighted seven cornerbacks the Vikings can target in each round of the draft. Honorable mentions are included as an alternative if the player has already been selected.
All combine statistics courtesy of NFL.com.