No Cameron Smith Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , Mike Zimmer did not write this post." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteDaily Norsemana Minnesota Vikings communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryVikingsOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsFiled under:Minnesota Vikings 2019 NFL DraftMinnesota Vikings Top 5 Draft Needs: Cornerback, #4New,64commentsNo, Mike Zimmer did not write this post.CDTShareTweetShareShareMinnesota Vikings Top 5 Draft Needs: Cornerback, #4USA TODAY NETWORKContinuing along our list of the Top 5 draft needs for the Minnesota Vikings in advance of the 2019 NFL Draft, we move on to another position. I know that a lot of people aren’t going to want to hear this, but it would appear that Mike Zimmer’s favorite defensive position is, in fact, an actual need for the purple at this point. How much of a need could depend on the happenings over the course of draft weekend.Coming in at #4 on my list (just ahead of running back, which was at #5), we have the cornerback position. Let’s examine why.Current Vikings cornerbacks: Xavier Rhodes (starter), Trae Waynes (starter), Mackensie Alexander (nickel), Mike Hughes, Holton Hill, Craig James, Duke ThomasThere’s no denying that the Vikings have a ton of talent at the cornerback position. Rhodes and Waynes Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019 , when healthy, are among the best starting cornerback tandems in the league, and Alexander was outstanding at the slot corner position in 2018 after fighting the transition from outside corner for his first two seasons. Hughes has first-round pedigree, and Hill turned out to be an undrafted steal. On paper, the Vikings are as deep at corner as they are at any other position.But, if we add a little context. . .Rhodes is coming off of an injury-plagued season, and is approaching age 30. Can he bounce back?Waynes is in the final year of his contract, and has had trade rumors swirling around him since the Combine.Alexander is also in the final year of his rookie contract.Hughes missed over half his rookie season with a torn ACL and there haven’t been a lot of updates on his rehab.Hill is going to miss the first four games of this season, and is likely one slip up away from missing significantly more time.So, while the Vikings have a lot of talent at the cornerback position, they also have a lot of questions. They’re going to have to address those questions at some point on Draft Weekend.Who could they look at and when. This depends on one thing: Are the Vikings going to deal Trae Waynes over the course of the three days of the 2019 NFL Draft? With the cap situation the Vikings are in, a trade of Waynes would be beneficial on that front. Waynes’ full $9 million cap hit would immediately be taken over by his new team in the event of a trade. However, if the Vikings do decide to deal Waynes, they would have to have a replacement for him waiting immediately. With the questions currently surrounding Hill and Hughes, you couldn’t just deal a starting cornerback without having someone waiting in the wings to take his spot.With that said, it doesn’t appear that the value would be there to take a cornerback in the first round. There’s been some buzz around the draft community that there might not be a cornerback taken in the first 25 selections this year, which would be the first time that’s happened in a long time.If the Vikings were to deal Waynes away Cameron Smith Jersey nfl draft , I would like to think they could get a second-round pick for him. If that was the case, they would likely have to use one of their second-round picks (whether it’s #50 or the pick they acquire in a Waynes trade) on a cornerback that could step in and start right away.If that was the plan, they could replace Waynes with another Michigan State alum in Justin Layne, who fits the profile of a press-man Mike Zimmer corner. Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love could be a consideration at that spot as well.If the Vikings choose to wait until later on, they’re less likely to get a starting-type corner right away, which would be a huge risk to take with things the way they are right now. If they did that, however, a couple of the names they could focus on in the third/fourth round range are Lonnie Johnson out of Kentucky or Isaiah Johnson from the University of Houston. Someone like Joejuan Williams from Vanderbilt strikes me as a Zimmer-type of corner, too.I think that Vikings’ social media outlets would melt down if the Vikings used yet another first-round pick on a cornerback, particularly given their other needs. However, the cornerback position is something that needs to be addressed at some point in this year’s draft, and it’s something they’re likely going to have to address sooner rather than later. The Vikings fired their offensive coordinator, but the quarterback’s not going anywhere (for $84 million reasons).So Kirk Cousins said he had to take “ownership” of the team’s offensive struggles, which led to John DeFilippo’s sudden unemployment.“Myself, I’d be the first one to say, if I had played at a higher level, we’re probably not talking about the things we’re talking about Adult Cameron Smith Jersey ,” Cousins said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. “I take ownership, as well. Yet, big picture why? I don’t know. I do point to the fact that we played at Chicago, who’s a good defense. You saw what they did to the Rams. We played at Seattle and at New England, those aren’t places you walk into as of late and just walk out with a win without breaking a sweat. Those are tough places to play, good teams. I’m sure there’s a part of that, that you have to look at as well.“You look at, ‘What do I need to do better? How can I be better?’ The nature of the quarterback position is that the ball is in your hands. So you’re going to be easily able to say that so many times. That was one of the things I did communicate to Coach Flip yesterday was, I believe with the ball in my hand, had I played at my fullest potential play in and play out, we’re probably not having this conversation right now. That’s something I take personally and is certainly tough for me, and keeps you up at night. But at the same time, all you can do now is go forward and, you know, ‘Hey, faced adversity before Big And Tall Cameron Smith Jersey , been able to overcome it, been able to push through it.’ As coach Shanahan always told me, ‘Tough times don’t last, tough people do.’ I’m going to choose to be a tough person, keep going and believe if we do that, if I do that, good things are in store.”The struggles were a recent phenomenon, as over the first eight weeks of the season Cousins was putting up good numbers. They were in the top 10 in total offense, passing yards, completion percentage, and passer rating. But they’re down to 17th in total yards and 20th in scoring, leading Mike Zimmer to make the change this week.Whether things suddenly revert under the direction of Kevin Stefanski remains to be seen, but Cousins is absolutely right about his position guaranteeing him a big share of the blame if it doesn’t.