We’re still into the “list-a-mania” season as we get closer to the start of Training Camp, and one projection of the Top 100 players in the NFL for the upcoming season doesn’t have quite as many members of the Minnesota Vikings on it as we’ve been accustomed to seeing over the past few years.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has release his Top 100 players for the 2019 NFL season, and it includes just three players from our favorite team, none of whom land in the Top 40.
The highest-ranked player on Prisco’s list, not surprisingly, is safety Harrison Smith, who checks in at #44.
He is a rangy safety who is also good up near the line of scrimmage. The Vikings regressed as a defense last year and Smith’s play did just a bit from the year before.
Honestly, I guess that Smith may have regressed a little bit last season. Of course, his 2017 season was so good that it would have been damn near impossible for him not to go backwards a little bit. Still, he’s the best safety in the league for my money.
To find the next Viking on the list, we need to drop all the way to #84, where we find wide receiver Adam Thielen.
He caught 111 passes with nine touchdowns in 2018. He continues to improve each season.
The last Viking on Prisco’s list is defensive end Danielle Hunter, who is all the way down at #95.
He had 14.5 sacks for the Vikings last season, his second as a full-time starter. Scary thing: He’s only 24.
With those sorts of numbers and that sort of potential, the only “scary” thing is that Prisco apparently thinks there are 94 players in the NFL that are better than Danielle Hunter.
On a list of 100 players, I guess three entries would be about average. Still, with the praise that the Vikings’ roster has gotten over the years, we’ve generally come to expect more.
Two NFC North teams managed more selections on Prisco’s list than the Vikings did, as both the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have four players listed. Minnesota did manage to get more guys on the list than the Detroit Lions did, though, as they managed just two.