Projected 2015 starters: Minnesota Vikings


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Vikings Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB Teddy Bridgewater DE Brian Robison
  RB Adrian Peterson DT Linval Joseph
  FB Zach Line DT Sharrif Floyd
  WR1 Mike Wallace DE Everson Griffen
  WR2 Cordarrelle Patterson OLB Anthony Barr
  TE Kyle Rudolph MLB Eric Kendricks
  LT Matt Kalil OLB Chad Greenway
  LG David Yankey CB1 Trae Waynes
  C John Sullivan CB2 Xavier Rhodes
  RG Brandon Fusco SS Robert Blanton
  RT Phil Loadholt FS Harrison Smith

» Every time I look at the Vikings' roster, I like it even more. If everything comes together, this team can absolutely make a playoff run in 2015. What do I like the most? Strength up front and at the corner positions, assuming Xavier Rhodes develops and first-round pick Trae Waynes comes in as advertised.

» Adrian Peterson makes this a different offense, obviously, but it's difficult to ignore extremely vertical threats like Mike Wallace and Cordarrelle Patterson populating the Vikings' receiving corps. Norv Turner has his work cut out for him.

» We're assuming Mike Zimmer has his man in Eric Kendricks, and he hand-selected the former UCLA Bruin to play right alongside old teammate Anthony Barr. You don't pick a middle linebacker that early (second round) and hope he stands out on special teams.

» It's incredible how fast this team got young around Peterson, isn't it? With very little veteran presence (relatively speaking) on offense, this is a fantastic opportunity for Teddy Bridgewater to make this his team.

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