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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Minnesota Vikings

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Minnesota Vikings rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Vikings in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Kirk Cousins

Phew! For a minute it looked like Cousins wouldn't have a viable group protecting him on the left side of the offensive line. Minnesota sought not only prospects to fit its zone-blocking scheme but also found more size. First-rounder Christian Darrisaw is now responsible for Cousins' blindside, and the Vikings can be confident that the rookie left tackle will fare well after allowing just three pressures and one sack on 264 pass blocks last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. But perhaps the biggest benefit will be the expected improvement of the Vikings' interior pass protection thanks to the drafting of guard Wyatt Davis in the second round. -- Courtney Cronin

NFL.com -- Rank: 17

RGIII got his shots off at Kirk Cousins' expense, but we don't imagine the oft-maligned (and perpetually productive) quarterback will lose snaps to third-round pick Kellen Mond in 2021. In fact, this draft went quite well for Cousins, who witnessed a significant talent infusion at pass protection with the arrival of tackle Christian Darrisaw (23rd overall) and interior lineman Wyatt Davis (third round). Minnesota traded down in the first round, gaining a pair of third-round picks from the Jets to move back nine spots in the draft. Coming out of Thursday night with extra picks and a potential stud at tackle in Darrisaw counts as a big win.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

The Vikings have had a good offseason re-stocking the roster. They're bigger on the offensive line -- which they had to do -- and they've added some nice pieces on defense. Mike Zimmer will have this team back in the playoff hunt.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

Since Mike Zimmer was hired in 2014, Minnesota has missed the playoffs in every even-numbered year but made postseason in all the odd-numbered years. Pencil 'em in, especially given the offensive line upgrades.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

The Vikings had the third-most injured defense last year. They didn't get a single snap out of Danielle Hunter or Michael Pierce. Now both players are expected to return, and they signed Dalvin Tomlinson. The defense almost has to perform better. And if it doesn't, Mike Zimmer figures to be the most miserable coach in the NFL.

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