3 Vikings Veterans Fighting for Their Jobs After 2022 NFL Draft

Devon Platana
Three Minnesota Vikings veterans who are fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft.
Three Minnesota Vikings veterans who are fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft. / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Minnesota Vikings had one of the bigger hauls at the 2022 NFL Draft, walking away with 10 new prospects to help improve the team for the future.

Some of the Vikings' rookies will challenge for a roster spot as early as next season. As a result, some veterans might be on the hot seat with a less-than-secure spot, especially if they underachieved in the 2021 campaign.

Having said that, here are three Vikings veterans who are fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft.

Minnesota Vikings Draft Rumors

1. Harrison Smith, S

Harrison Smith made the Pro Bowl for the sixth time in seven seasons last year, but that doesn't mean his job is secure. The 33-year-old safety's 29 receptions and 368 receiving yards allowed were the worst of his last four seasons, as was his 72.5% completion percentage when targeted. With him entering the latter part of his career, Smith could be challenged by 2022 first-round pick Lewis Cine in camp. The Vikings' staff have made it sound like Cine could be a starter this year and with new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell likely changing up the schemes, it might be easier for the rookie to adapt than the veteran. Minnesota can still play Smith and Cine at the same time, but it could come at the cost of the former seeing fewer opportunities and snaps than he's used to.

2. Chris Reed, OG

The Vikings signed veteran Chris Reed to a one-year deal this offseason, making him the other starting offensive guard opposite Ezra Cleveland. Since then, Minnesota has gone out and drafted former LSU guard Ed Ingram. The 23-year-old also has more experience than some prospects after playing 45 games since 2017 with the Tigers. The Vikings didn't use the 59th overall pick on Ingram just for him to sit on the sidelines. Add in the fact that Reed's 67.2 ProFootballFocus grade last season left a lot to be desired and it's easy to see why his job might not be secure.

3. Patrick Peterson, CB

Patrick Peterson is no longer the All-Pro defender that he once was as he's set to turn 32 years old before the 2022 campaign begins. Cornerback was one of the Vikings' top priorities ahead of the NFL Draft and they addressed that by selecting Andrew Booth Jr. (No. 42) and Akayleb Evans (No. 118). Both rookie corners have promising potential and the Vikings would love it if they reached it right away. To do that, Minnesota might opt to give Booth and Evans a lot of responsibility early on, leading to Peterson's job not being totally secure. Furthermore, Peterson is a free agent at the end of the season. If he doesn't have a notable camp, management will have one less reason to let him keep his job.

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