17. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings made a tough decision this offseason by parting ways with Adrian Peterson, but in the long run, this seems like the best move when looking at how much money the team will be saving for the 2017 season. As Peterson’s replacement, the Vikings brought former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray on board, but the team didn’t stop there after making another key addition in the draft.
That key addition happened to be Dalvin Cook, who ended up slipping into the second round at No. 41 after numerous teams in need of help at running back decided to pass on the former Florida State star due to some majority issues. Even if there are still some concerns surrounding Cook, Minnesota seems to be in much better position in the backfield then last year when Peterson was dealing sidelined for just about the entire season.
Thanks to the deal made last year to bring Sam Bradford on board, the Vikings were at a bit of a disadvantage this draft since they were forced to go the entire first round with a pick. But from a talent perspective, Minnesota seems to have what it takes to bounce back as contenders in the NFC North, as long as they can stay healthy on both sides of the football.