Chicago Bears: Grading the offseason of each NFC North team

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Grading the Chicago Bears opponents in the NFC North

Minnesota Vikings – B+

Key Additions –

Xavier Woods, S; Mackenzie Alexander, CB; Patrick Peterson, CB; Nick Vigil, LB; Dalvin Tomlinson, DT; Mason Cole, C

Key Losses –

Shamar Stephen, DT; Dan Bailey, K; Eric Wilson, LB; Anthony Harris, S; Kyle Rudolph, TE; Riley Reiff, OT

Key Draft Picks –

Christian Darrisaw, OT; Kellen Mond, QB; Chazz Surratt, LB; Wyatt Davis, OL; Patrick Jones II, EDGE

Although it was not flashy, the Minnesota Vikings had themselves a very productive offseason. They did a good job improving their positions of need and even found themselves a potential quarterback for the future after the Kirk Cousins era is over.

They lost Anthony Harris and Eric Wilson, who were big contributors on defense. Also losing Kyle Rudolph means it’s now Irv Smith Jr.’s season in Minnesota. I like the signings of Xavier Woods and Mackenzie Alexander (who was someone I wanted the Bears to get).

Patrick Peterson, although out of his prime, is still very good and will round out their secondary nicely. They will also have a good defensive line with guys like Dalvin Tomlinson being brought in and Michael Pierce and Danielle Hunter coming back.

On offense they found their franchise left tackle in Darrisaw, and Wyatt Davis is a good piece for the future. Also, Kellen Mond could be their guy after Kirk Cousins, which they are probably excited about. They struck out on trading up for Justin Fields (thank you Ryan Pace). Surratt can be a nice rotational linebacker and Patrick Jones can compete for the other edge spot across from Hunter. The Vikings did what they needed to do and set themselves up nicely for the future.