Safety may be the most experienced and recognizable position group on the Minnesota Vikings roster. Seven players have at least three years experience and each one has had extensive playing time in the NFL. Only one has less.
The Vikings will not keep all eight safeties on the roster. Harrison Smith, a third-year starter, is the sure thing among the group. Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo have proven capable of playing, but are better as reserves and special teams players. Mistral Raymond has been inconsistent and injured during his three NFL seasons. Robert Blanton is emerging as a quality NFL player. Kurt Coleman has been a quality starter in the past, but was demoted to a reserve and special teams role last season for the Philadelphia Eagles. The only safety on the roster without NFL experience is Brandan Bishop, who spent last season on the practice squad.
The Vikings have plenty of names at safety, but little top-end talent. Smith is a lock to be in the starting lineup, but the other starter is still up in the air. The Vikings will likely take a safety early in the draft for another starter. Here are the top five safeties as well as an underrated, an overrated and a sleeper prospect.