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3 Most Underrated Vikings Offseason Additions

Larry Rupp
Three of the most underrated offseason additions for the Minnesota Vikings.
Three of the most underrated offseason additions for the Minnesota Vikings. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The Vikings went through a lot of changes this offseason. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was brought in to take over as general manager and Kevin O'Connell was hired to be the new head coach. The team also made a splash by signing pass rusher Za'Darius Smith to a three-year deal in free agency.

The flashy moves aren't always the ones that make the most impact, though.

Finding those diamonds in the rough during the NFL Draft and securing underestimated free agents at positions of need can be just as crucial. Let's take a look at three of the most underrated offseason additions for Minnesota.

Minnesota Vikings Offseason Additions

1. Jordan Hicks, LB

The Vikings signed linebacker Jordan Hicks to a two-year deal worth $10 million in free agency in a move that seemed to fly under the radar. He is in line to step in as veteran Anthony Barr's replacement and start alongside Eric Kendricks in the middle of the defense. Hicks is a player that simply never comes off the field. He has played in 92% or more of his team's defensive snaps in each of the last four seasons and has racked up 475 tackles during that span. Minnesota was in need of a plug-and-play LB and Hicks fits that mold to a tee.

2. Brian Asamoah, LB

Staying at the linebacker position, the Vikings' selection of Oklahoma's Brian Asamoah in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft (No. 66 overall) should not be overlooked. The 22-year-old shined with the Sooners over the course of three college seasons, posting 168 tackles to go along with 5.0 sacks, 5 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. His avenue to playing time is not blocked in any way, either, because Minnesota runs a lot of snaps with three linebackers on the field. Asamoah's solid coverage skills should give him a leg up among the rest of the backups, too. He could follow in Kendricks' footsteps as the next great homegrown LB talent.

3. Jalen Nailor, WR

Jalen Nailor is a player that has a chance to rise up the depth chart if he can play up to his potential during training camp. The former Michigan State standout averaged 16.9 yards per reception in college and flashed elite speed by running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. What makes him such a great addition to the roster is the lack of established players that exist at the WR position. With KJ Osborn likely taking on the slot receiver role, the Vikings need someone capable of stepping in for Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson at times. Nailor could be that player given his ability to make defenders miss when the ball is in his hands.

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