Over the past two months, the Minnesota Vikings have most often been tied to Ahmad Gardner and Derek Stingley Jr. for NFL Draft predictions.
Well, the Vikings needed corners back then, only keeping Cameron Dantzler on the roster as a starting cornerback. Anxiety over CBs eased in the past two weeks, however, when the Vikings signed Chandon Sullivan from the Green Bay Packers for the slot job and re-signed veteran Patrick Peterson.
If the regular season started tonight, Minnesota would have a good batch of corners.
But the team should want to get better, as is the goal of the NFL Draft.
And on Monday, Peter King of NBC Sports, a credible NFL voice, confirmed the Vikings’ interest in the aforementioned Stingley Jr. in his Weekly Football Morning in America article, King reported:
“The Vikings are also interested in Stingley, and they may consider a one-year mentorship Patrick Peterson (LSU ties) worthy of trying to trade for him.”
– Peter King | NBC Sports
On the mentorship program King mentioned, Peterson even stated his desire for the Vikings to take over Stingley Jr. last week. Peterson, on his podcast Everything is coveredcommented on Stingley Jr.:
“He reminds me a lot of me when I was in school: how nimble he is on the line, how physical he is on the line of scrimmage, his press technique, how good he is at locating the ball when he’s not looking at the quarterback. These are some of the things that may seem small, but it goes a long way, and that’s a difference between intercepting the ball and a guy catching the ball from you. one special, man.“
– patrick peterson | Everything is covered
So, to some extent, the stars align here.
- Vikings need CB for long term roster planning
- A current and reputable Viking supports Stingley Jr.
- Peter King has confirmed the Vikings’ interest in this type
The only potential problem is that Stingley Jr. could be too coveted. According to the mock draft – and if the quarterbacks flood the 1st round – some pundits predict Stingley will be removed from the roster ahead of the Vikings’ 12th pick. Other editions drag the LSU alumnus all the way to around No. 17. If Stingley left before the Minnesota pick, he can pick the best player available, trade to a team like the Kansas City Chiefs, or pick an EDGE defenseman, maybe.
Additionally, the Vikings employ another man with ties to Stingley Jr., Daronte Jones, the current Minnesota defensive backs coach.
Jones returned to the Vikings coaching staff this offseason. Previously, he worked as a DB trainer for Mike Zimmer. As of 2021, he was the defensive coordinator for LSU, the college where Stingley Jr. played. If anyone knows the top-ranked corner this year, it’s Jones.
The NFL Draft will take place on April 28 in Las Vegas.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).