The Vikings have filled 4 of the 5 corner spots with the re-signing of Terence Newman. However, one spot remains empty at the cornerback position. After the Vikings lost Captain Munnerlyn to his former team (Carolina), they will need to add another corner. Options remain in free agency and in the draft.
Option #1 – Marcus Sherels
This option is least appealing, but Sherels is definitely one of the best punt returners in the league. However, he lacks the knowledge and technique to play corner in the NFL. The Vikings could have him at this spot but if some player or players go down, we shouldn’t be too confident he’ll fill said player’s shoes. Sherels is likely a special teams lifer.
Und noch ein Punt-Return-Touchdown! ???
— NFL Deutschland (@NFLDeutschland) October 9, 2016
Option #2 – Nickell Robey-Coleman
Robey-Coleman has spent his short 4 years in the NFL in Buffalo. He was an undrafted free agent out of USC, who signed in 2013 after failing to be drafted. He is only 5’7″, so even 2 inches shorter than Captain Munnerlyn. He could fit in with the Vikings as either the 3rd or 4th corner on the depth chart. Robey-Coleman had the top PFF Coverage Grade in the Bills secondary last season.
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— NickellRobey-Coleman (@SLOTGOD21) December 12, 2016
Option #3 – Fabian Moreau
Moreau played his college ball at UCLA. According to Walter Football, he is expected to go in either Round 2 or 3. So the Vikings could grab him at pick 48, or maybe with one of their two third round picks potentially. He is 6’0″ around 200 pounds. In his senior season, he mustered 2 interceptions and 10 pass deflections.
Fantastic footwork from Fabian Moreau here. Mirrors WR's movements and manages to break up the pass. pic.twitter.com/GBf54xRNjb
— Alex Reno (@alex_reno) March 1, 2017
Option #4 – Brandon Flowers
Brandon Flowers is 31 years old and has spent time in the NFL in San Diego and Kansas City. Over the last few seasons he has missed 15 games, so it’s understandable why the Chargers cut him. They also have some good depth in San Diego. Given the injuries the Vikings could get him at a bargain. The key for him would be to stay healthy and consistent. In his career, he only has 4 interceptions but over 100 pass deflections.
— Brandon Flowers (@BFlowers24) March 7, 2012
Option #5 – Corn Elder
Elder is a senior corner out of Miami. Over the past 2 seasons, he recorded 23 pass break-ups and 3 interceptions. He did record 76 tackles in his senior season. This may tell you he had to tackle because the receivers caught the ball. It could also say he’s just a good tackler. Either way he is an intriguing option late in the draft that Mike Zimmer could mold.
— Corn Elder (@AIR_CORN23) December 8, 2016