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Aaron Ratliff /April 6th, 2022 / Photo: Vikings.com

 On January 26, 2022, the Minnesota Vikings hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new General Manager. With his first off season coming up as the new general manager, fans expected some impactful signings to help the team after a disappointing 2020-2021 season. Kwesi went out and signed 10 new and impactful players to the roster before the NFL draft. Here are your new Minnesota Vikings.



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Nate Hairston was drafted in 2017 in the 5th round pick, 158 to the Indianapolis Colts. After another year with the Colts, he got traded to the New York Jets for a 6th round pick. He then got cut and signed to two different practice squads before getting signed with the Broncos. During his tenure with the Broncos, he was a key piece to their secondary, and gave them speed at his position. He got cut by the Denver Broncos and now he is here on the Minnesota Vikings. Overall Nate Hairston brings great depth and speed to the cornerback position that the Vikings really need. 


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Jesse Davis signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Then got cut by the seahawks and signed and cut the same year by the New York Jets. The past 4 seasons though, he has started for the Miami Dolphins at the Offensive Line position. The Dolphins cut him to start the offseason and the Vikings picked up him up. The most valuable thing about Jesse Davis is that he can play Offensive Tackle and Offensive Guard. He has played 1,863 snaps at Right Guard and 2,212 snaps at Right Tackle.He is an all-around great depth piece and signing. 


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Coming from our in-division rival, Chandon Sullivan signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2018. After a year of only starting one game with the Eagles, the Eagles cut him. The Green Bay Packers picked Sullivan up and that is where he has played the past 3 years. He has started for the Packers the past two years and has been valuable to their secondary. Sullivan signed with the Vikings over the off-season and brings in great speed and experience at the cornerback position, which the Minnesota Vikings need.


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Signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2015, Chris Reed brings great experience and depth to the Vikings Offensive Line. Even though he is not a Minnesota native Chris Reed played college at Minnesota State University Mankato where Adam Thielen played. Reed has bounced from team to team since 2015, but had his best season for the Carolina Panthers where he started 14 games in 2020 before signing with the Colts in 2021. He brings great depth and experience to the Offensive Guard position, where the Minnesota Vikings had their struggles last season.


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This face should look familiar to all of us Vikings fans. In the 2015 NFL Draft Za 'Darius Smith was drafted in the 4th round with the 122nd pick by the Baltimore Ravens. He played great for his first four years with the Baltimore Ravens and signed a 4-year deal with the Green Bay Packers. His first two years with the Packers he was remarkable, as us Vikings fans should know because we played him twice a year. In two years with the Packers, he has two Pro Bowl appearances and one Second Team All-Pro selection. Even though Za 'Darius Smith was out all but one game last year, you can't just not recognize the years prior. This was a huge splash in Free Agency for the Vikings as the duo of him and Danielle Hunter will terrorize opposing quarterbacks.


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Bringing back Patrick Peterson was the best thing the Vikings could have done for the secondary room. Peterson was selected in the 2011 draft first round 5th overall by the Cardinals. During his 10 years with the Cardinals, Peterson was awarded 8 Pro Bowls, 3 First Team All-Pros and the 2010 All-Decade Team. After signing with the Vikings, before his hamstring injury in the 2021 season, Patrick Peterson was playing pretty well. Sure, it wasn't prime Patrick Peterson, but it was great for someone who was brought in to be a leader and a veteran. Peterson once again brings great leadership and skill at the cornerback position.


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After going undrafted in 2018, Austin Schlottmann signed as an undrafted free agent to the Denver Broncos. Although he only has started in 7 games in 3 seasons with the Broncos, he comes into an Offensive Line room with Chris Kuper and Justin Rascati, who were his coaches at the Broncos. He is a great depth piece to the Offensive Line. 


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Harrison Phillips was drafted in the 3rd round with the 96th pick by the Buffalo Bills. Phillips played 4 productive seasons with the Buffalo Bills. After signing with the Minnesota Vikings, Phillips will replace Michael Pierce at the Defensive Tackle Position. He brings youth, talent, and is a great run stuffer for the Vikings.


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Drafted by the Eagles in the 2015 draft in the third round with pick 84, Jordan Hicks has had a great career. His first four years with the Eagles were good, but the past 3 years with the Arizona Cardinals is where Jordan Hicks has been exceptional. The past 3 years with the Cardinals, Jordan Hicks has put up 150 tackles (2019), 118 tackles (2020) and 116 tackles (2021). After signing with the Vikings, Eric Kendricks and Hicks will be a force in the Linebacker Room. 


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In 2017 Johnny Mundt signed with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent. He has spent the past 5 season with the Rams only starting 3 games in his career. Coming to Vikings with his old Offensive Coordinator (now Head Coach) Kevin O'Connell, Johnny Mundt brings great catching, run blocking and depth to the Vikings Tight End Room.

Every single person signed has a role on the team to help accomplish what all of us Vikings fans so desperately want, a Super Bowl. Signing these depth guys and other great players allows the draft to be easier for the Vikings, and doesn't force them to pick a position because they need depth. 

















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