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Updated: March 13th, 2014 7:21pm
Adding Munnerlyn may allow Vikings to draft cornerback to play outside

Adding Munnerlyn may allow Vikings to draft cornerback to play outside

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by Derek Wetmore

UPDATE:  This column was posted before it was known that the Vikings signed CB Derek Cox. It's still fun to wonder if the Vikings will take an impact corner in the draft, although it appears the cupboard is well-stocked from a depth standpoint.  


Mike Zimmer took over the Vikings head coaching job knowing he'd need to rebuild a shoddy defense.

Minnesota has dipped its toes into free agency to do that. The latest example came Thursday, signing cornerback Captain Munnerlyn to a reported three-year deal.

When the Vikings didn't re-sign Antoine Winfield last offseason, they lost part of their defensive identity. Instead, Winfield went to the Seahawks (where he was cut in training camp) and the Vikings rolled with Josh Robinson in nickel packages.

Even before Robinson's fractured sternum ended his season in November, it became clear Robinson couldn't cover anybody in the slot.

Given how pass-happy today's NFL has become, the Vikings found themselves in nickel coverage packages often. That means it was critical to upgrade at slot corner, and Munnerlyn represents an upgrade. He said on a conference call Thursday that he'll start at corner, and move to the slot when the Vikings are in nickel.

Perhaps as importantly, then, signing Munnerlyn may allow the Vikings to draft a corner and allow him to play the outside.

Here are the top-5 corners available in the NFL Draft, according to's latest mock draft.






Justin Gilbert

Oklahoma State



Darqueze Dennard

Michigan State



Bradley Roby

Ohio State



Kyle Fuller

Virginia Tech



Jason Verett




Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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