Despite a defensive-minded coach at the helm, the Vikings defense struggled to get stops in 2020. Injuries, rookies and just bad luck played a factor, but it also became apparent that Minnesota needed to make some changes even if the unit got healthier in 2021.
And changes they made. Most of the Vikings 2021 free agency class plays defense. Players like Dalvin Tomlinson and Patrick Peterson can help lead to improvement next season. That will surely help, but a lack of continuity on that side of the ball has made it hard to project each starting spot.
So here are some important defensive position battles to watch as the offseason progresses.