CB1: Xavier Rhodes
Xavier Rhodes has proven to be one of the most dominant cornerbacks in the NFL. In 2016, Rhodes notched five interceptions, 48 solo tackles and three tackle for losses. Per Pro Football Focus he allowed the fewest yards in man coverage with 3.1 yards per attempt. Rhodes is one of the top corners in the league and has earned the status of “shutdown" corner. The Vikings trust him to take away opposing receiving weapons and he has prove to be reliable. Expect a big extension for Rhodes, but for the time being, he will enter the season as the Vikings number one corner.
CB2: Trae Waynes
Trae Waynes slides in as the number two corner, and has received majority of first team reps. Newman getting work at the nickel position helps Waynes case to play full time outside conner, but Waynes has shown improvement. Waynes biggest issue is his tight hips which is why he stopped getting nickel reps his rookie year. Waynes straight line speed is valuable but he will need to refine his technique and avoid playing too far off his man to solidify himself as a reliable corner.
CB3: Terence Newman
Wine is keeping Terence Newman young and playing at a very high level. Newman had the lowest yardage allowed in coverage among corners with at least 500 snaps per Pro Football Focus. He tallied three games where he did not give up a single yard. Newman is a leader on the Vikings team and Zimmer wants him back in a coaching capacity after he retires. For the time being he is third on the depth chart and is getting snaps to win the nickel back role. Newman’s versatility is akin to a swing tackle for the offensive line. Keeping Newman on the field is in the Vikings best interest.
CB4: Mackensie Alexander
Though Mackensie Alexander is getting first team reps at the nickel position, he still has a lot to prove to move him up on the depth chart. Alexander struggled in his few opportunities, the former Clemson tiger did not adhere to the techniques of head coach Mike Zimmer. Alexander primarily played on the outside, but he will have to become fully confident play in the nickel role, with Captain Munnerlyn gone.
CB5: Jabari Price
Jabari Price roster spot is not secure, but he will likely be higher on the depth chart due to his familiarity with Zimmer's system. Price has been injured for the past couple of seasons and dealt with some off the field issues, which affected his availability. He must prove that he can be flexible enough to play both inside and outside to keep his roster spot. Primarily a special teamer, Price could be cut if he cannot offer more.
CB6: Marcus Sherels
He will always be on the Vikings Roster.
Other Cornerbacks on Roster