MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Vikings have released their first preseason depth chart, and there are a couple of surprise starters on the list.

While most of the depth chart is predictable, a couple of the standouts include Trae Waynes starting across Xavier Rhodes at cornerback and Dalvin Cook being named the No. 1 running back.

Waynes, the Vikings’ top 2015 draft pick, has struggled to pass 38-year-old Terence Newman for the starting gig since coming into the league.

Cook, the Vikings’ top pick this year, sits ahead of Jerick McKinnon as the heir apparent to Adrian Peterson, now with the New Orleans Saints. Latavius Murray, the Vikings’ free agent signee who is expected to compete with Cook as starter, is recovering from ankle surgery.

The least surprising part of the chart, outside of Sam Bradford and Stefon Diggs being the No. 1s at their position: Marcus Sherels still has a firm grasp on the punt returner position. Every year Sherels’ demise is predicted, and every year he proves he’s the Vikings’ best option. According to this first depth chart, Sherels is also set to return kickoffs this year.

Now, this depth chart will surely change as we see preseason performances and injuries, but it’s a good measure of where the Vikings are at right now.

Here’s the full depth chart:

Danielle Hunter
Brian Robison
Ifeadi Odenigbo

Tom Johnson
Datone Jones
Will Sutton
Dylan Bradley
Chunky Clements

Linval Joseph
Shamar Stephen
Jaleel Johnson

Everson Griffen
Stephen Weatherly
Tashawn Bower
Sam McCaskill

Emmanuel Lamur / Edmond Robinson
Elijah Lee

Eric Kendricks
Kentrell Brothers
Ben Gedeon
Darnell Sankey

Anthony Barr
Eric Wilson
Noor Davis

Trae Waynes
Terence Newman
Marcus Sherels
Tre Roberson
Sam Brown

Xavier Rhodes
Mackensie Alexander
Jabari Price
Terrell Sinkfield
Horace Richardson

Andrew Sendejo
Jayron Kearse
Jack Tocho

Harrison Smith
Anthony Harris
Antone Exum Jr.

Ryan Quigley
Taylor Symmank

Kai Forbath
Marshall Koehn

Kevin McDermott

Marcus Sherels
Rodney Adams
Jerick McKinnon
Isaac Fruechte

Marcus Sherels
Rodney Adams
Stacy Coley
Isaac Fruechte

Comments (2)
  1. northwoodsv2 says:

    Not a surprise at all. Without Murray, Cook faces no challenge from McKinnon for the top spot. And Waynes was waiting his turn behind stellar play last year. What is surprising is Brothers still listed as high as he is, given the injury sidelining him.

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