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No Discount Alexander Mattison Jersey , Mike Zimmer did not write this post.eeds for the Minnesota Vikings in advance of the 2019 NFL Draft, we move on to another position. I know that a lot of people aren’t going to want to hear this, but it would appear that Mike Zimmer’s favorite defensive position is, in fact, an actual need for the purple at this point. How much of a need could depend on the happenings over the course of draft weekend.Coming in at #4 on my list (just ahead of running back, which was at #5), we have the cornerback position. Let’s examine why.Current Vikings cornerbacks: Xavier Rhodes (starter), Trae Waynes (starter), Mackensie Alexander (nickel), Mike Hughes, Holton Hill, Craig James, Duke ThomasThere’s no denying that the Vikings have a ton of talent at the cornerback position. Rhodes and Waynes, when healthy, are among the best starting cornerback tandems in the league, and Alexander was outstanding at the slot corner position in 2018 after fighting the transition from outside corner for his first two seasons. Hughes has first-round pedigree, and Hill turned out to be an undrafted steal. On paper, the Vikings are as deep at corner as they are at any other position.But, if we add a little context. . .Rhodes is coming off of an injury-plagued season, and is approaching age 30. Can he bounce back?Waynes is in the final year of his contract, and has had trade rumors swirling around him since the Combine.Alexander is also in the final year of his rookie contract.Hughes missed over half his rookie season with a torn ACL and there haven’t been a lot of updates on his rehab.Hill is going to miss the first four games of this season Replica Olisaemeka Udoh Jersey , and is likely one slip up away from missing significantly more time.So, while the Vikings have a lot of talent at the cornerback position, they also have a lot of questions. They’re going to have to address those questions at some point on Draft Weekend.Who could they look at and when. This depends on one thing: Are the Vikings going to deal Trae Waynes over the course of the three days of the 2019 NFL Draft? With the cap situation the Vikings are in, a trade of Waynes would be beneficial on that front. Waynes’ full $9 million cap hit would immediately be taken over by his new team in the event of a trade. However, if the Vikings do decide to deal Waynes, they would have to have a replacement for him waiting immediately. With the questions currently surrounding Hill and Hughes, you couldn’t just deal a starting cornerback without having someone waiting in the wings to take his spot.With that said, it doesn’t appear that the value would be there to take a cornerback in the first round. There’s been some buzz around the draft community that there might not be a cornerback taken in the first 25 selections this year, which would be the first time that’s happened in a long time.If the Vikings were to deal Waynes away, I would like to think they could get a second-round pick for him. If that was the case, they would likely have to use one of their second-round picks (whether it’s #50 or the pick they acquire in a Waynes trade) on a cornerback that could step in and start right away.If that was the plan, they could replace Waynes with another Michigan State alum in Justin Layne, who fits the profile of a press-man Mike Zimmer corner. Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love could be a consideration at that spot as well.If the Vikings choose to wait until later on, they’re less likely to get a starting-type corner right away, which would be a huge risk to take with things the way they are right now. If they did that, however, a couple of the names they could focus on in the third/fourth round range are Lonnie Johnson out of Kentucky or Isaiah Johnson from the University of Houston. Someone like Joejuan Williams from Vanderbilt strikes me as a Zimmer-type of corner, too.I think that Vikings’ social media outlets would melt down if the Vikings used yet another first-round pick on a cornerback, particularly given their other needs. However, the cornerback position is something that needs to be addressed at some point in this year’s draft, and it’s something they’re likely going to have to address sooner rather than later.A brief look at 49ers/Vikings history As we’ve done for most of the games the Minnesota Vikings have played over the past couple of seasons Stitched Olisaemeka Udoh Jersey , we will prepare for this week’s game by taking a look back at the history between the purple and their upcoming opponent.This week, the opponent to start the 2018 season is the San Francisco 49ers, a team that the Vikings have been pretty evenly matched with in the regular season over the years. As always, we will just be looking at regular season contests in these posts, as well as take a look at a couple of games from the more recent past. With that, let’s have at it!As always, the numbers used in this story, and all the ones like it throughout the season, come to you courtesy of Pro Football Reference.Total regular season games between the 49ers and the Vikings: 41All-time record: 21-19-1Total Vikings points scored, head-to-head: 905 (22.1 points/game)Total 49ers points scored, head-to-head: 925 (22.6 points/game)Longest Vikings’ winning streak vs 49ers: 5 games, 15 September 1963 - 24 October 1965Longest 49ers’ winning streak vs Vikings: 4 games, 15 October 1961 - 2 December 1962Most recent Vikings’ home win in series: 23 September 2012 (final score 24-13)Most recent 49ers’ road win in series: 13 December 1992 (final score 20-17)Biggest Vikings’ home win in series: 31 points, 29 September 1963 (final score 45-14)Biggest 49ers’ road win in series: 31 points, 8 September 1983 (final score 48-17)Current streak: 49ers, 1 winThe Vikings have actually had pretty good luck at home against the 49ers in recent history, as they’ve won the last five contests against San Francisco in Minneapolis. In fact, it’s been over a quarter of a century since the last time the 49ers won in Minnesota. The last Niners victory over the Vikings in Minnesota happened at the Metrodome back in 1992, as future Vikings running back Amp Lee scored two touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground. The Vikings got an return of a Steve Young interception for a touchdown by Audray McMillan and a touchdown from Terry Allen, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Niners from heading back home with a 20-17 win.The most recent game in Minnesota between these two teams was. . .interesting. However Olisaemeka Udoh Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , it was largely made that way by the officiating crew. If you’ll recall, that was the game where Jim Harbaugh, for whatever reason, was awarded about a dozen timeouts in the second half. (Actually, it was only two extra, but still. . .it wasn’t a good look for the officiating that afternoon.) The 49ers were considered one of the favorites in the NFC that season, and in fact did end up representing the NFC in the Super Bowl that year. However, in this game, the Vikings got the job done, courtesy of two Christian Ponder to Kyle Rudolph touchdown passes and a 23-yard touchdown run by Ponder to push the Vikings to a 24-13 victory.The most recent game between these two teams overall was also a season-opening contest, as the Vikings headed out west to San Francisco to start the 2015 NFL regular season as the late game on Monday Night Football. The Vikings were pretty terrible on both sides of the ball that night, quite frankly. Defensively, they had no answer for Carlos Hyde, who rushed for 168 yards and two scores. On offense, the team managed just one scoring drive on the evening, and that didn’t come until early in the fourth quarter. All in all, it wound up being a fairly miserable opening night for Vikings fans, as they stayed up all night to watch their team lose 20-3.Oh. . .and since I know you’re thinking about it. . .if you want an indicator of just how much time flies, this happened in Minneapolis nine years ago.That’s a brief look back at the history between the Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers, folks. Hopefully the Vikings can ensure that the 49ers losing streak in the Twin Cities for a little longer.



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