This is another one of those things that’s been going around social media for the past few days, so I thought I’d put it out there for folks to think about.
We know that the Minnesota Vikings have a ton of talent, and that’s not just our own biases at work. . .we’ve seen a lot of folks in the know around the league expressing that sentiment, too. But, the other three teams in the NFC North have a significant amount of talent, too. So, here’s the question for everyone:
If you could take one player from each of our NFC North rivals and put them on the Vikings’ roster, who would it be?
Now, personally, for this one, I’m going to avoid the quarterback position for a couple of reasons. First of all, the Vikings just laid out $84 million in guaranteed money for a shiny, new quarterback, so they better not be looking in a different direction already. Second, it keeps me from just saying, “Oh, I’ll just take Aaron Rodgers or Matthew Stafford” when looking at Green Bay and Detroit. That would be the easy answer, and I wanted to try to avoid that.
So, here are my choices for the one player from each roster I’d like to transplant in Minnesota if given the opportunity.
Chicago Bears - Tarik Cohen, RB
I understand that the Vikings have Dalvin Cook coming back and ready to take over the full-time duties at running back. However, the addition of Cohen would mean adding more than just a running back. He’d be the answer for both kick returns and punt returns for at least the next few seasons (or, at the very least, someone that could step in if something should happen to Marcus Sherels and/or Mike Hughes). Plus, he’d be a nice change of pace back from Cook, and could be used in the offense in any number of ways. John DeFilippo’s offense appears to be all about flexibility, and Cohen would fit in quite nicely.
Detroit Lions - Glover Quin, S
I really thought about Darius Slay here, but the Vikings just used a first round pick on a cornerback and have a significant enough log jam at the position where that would seem like a bit of a waste. Pairing Quin with Harrison Smith, on the other hand, would make the Vikings’ secondary that much better. Yes, I know that Andrew Sendejo is no slouch at safety, but, seriously, I think Quin might be an upgrade. He’s getting up there in years, I know, but he can still get the job done.
Green Bay Packers - David Bakhtiari, OT
For several seasons now, Bakhtiari has been one of the best left tackles in the National Football League. He regularly does a solid job against Everson Griffen when the Vikings and Packers get together, and seems to be at the top of most of the analytics lists for left tackles every season. Having Bakhtiari to plug in at left tackle would allow the Vikings to move Riley Reiff to right tackle (where he might be better), give Mike Remmers a permanent spot at one of the guard spots (since that appears to be what the Vikings want to do), and really solidify the offensive front.
That’s who I’ve got, folks. Who are you going with?