Surprise Defender Turned Heads at Vikings Minicamp

Larry Rupp
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Harrison Hand has been turning heads at minicamp.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Harrison Hand has been turning heads at minicamp. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Fighting for a roster spot is a time-honored tradition for young unproven players in the NFL and it is no different for Minnesota Vikings cornerback Harrison Hand. Hand has been impressive so far during minicamp and has a shot to move his way up the depth chart if he can keep it up.

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Hand was a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft by Minnesota and ended up appearing in 14 games for the team last season. He only drew one start, but Hand ended the season with 17 tackles, 3 passes defended and 1 interception as he showed some untapped potential.

The 22-year-old playmaker has been getting a lot of reps with the first-team defense in OTAs and minicamp. Reports say he racked up some interceptions and was being moved around on the defense between outside and slot corner. His versatility should only improve his chances of being on the team Week 1.

The Vikings' secondary is full of proven veterans including Patrick Peterson and Bashaud Breeland. However, Hand has a shot to push Kris Boyd for one of the last roster spots in a training camp battle. The former Baylor Bears corner will need to prove to the Vikings he has what it takes to contribute in 2021.

The Vikings have their eyes set on making the playoffs next season and currently have odds set at +4000 to win the Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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