The Minnesota Vikings likely had the worst position group in all of football last season at cornerback. Xavier Rhodes was emerging as the lone star of the group late in the season, but injuries slowed his development. The rest of the group was below average at best.
Chris Cook never intercepted a pass nor lived up to expectations and is no longer in the mix. The second round draft pick is replaced on the roster with former Carolina Panther seventh round draft pick Captain Munnerlyn.
Munnerlyn is a physical playmaker. He is not afraid to mix it up and get under the skin of wide receivers. Also, when he has a chance to make a play on the ball, he will.
Rhodes and Munnerlyn are expected to start. The top reserves will be third-year third round draft pick Josh Robinson, former San Diego Charger Derek Cox, third-year veteran Shaun Prater and fourth-year veteran Marcus Sherels. They all have shown the ability to be a solid NFL cornerback, but none have done it consistently.
Robinson and Cox are the two favorites for varying reasons. Robinson was a high draft pick and has shown some potential. Cox has had more success in the NFL than any of them.
Kip Edwards and Robert Steeples are first-year players that have no NFL experience and are trying to unseat one of the veterans.
The Vikings are likely to select a cornerback early in the draft. Here are the top five cornerbacks as well as an underrated, an overrated and a sleeper prospect.