Minnesota saw a mass exodus in free agency, but the team made up for it in the NFL Draft.
Jefferson and Gladney were recently listed in CBS Sports’ list of most interesting additions for 2020. Here’s what the outlet said about the two rookies:
“Jefferson was one of my favorite players in this year’s draft. Like Okudah, he has his work cut out for him in replacing a traded former star (Stefon Diggs). He’s not an explosive athlete, but Jefferson is a really versatile route-runner. He does his best work in the slot, where he can set defenders up and shake them out of their boots in all that open space. Adam Thielen is at his best in the slot as well, though, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Vikings deploy them.
Gladney, meanwhile, was just one part of the Vikings’ secondary overhaul. The team cut Xavier Rhodes and let both Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander walk, then did Rick Spielman’s favorite thing to do in the draft: pick a bunch of corners. Gladney leads a group that also includes Cameron Dantzler, Harrison Hand, and Kris Boyd, as well as several street free agents. He should get the first shot to start opposite 2018 first-rounder Mike Hughes, and the Vikings need him to shine from Day 1.”
Both Jefferson and Gladney could be in big roles early in the 2020 NFL season. Even if they aren’t, Minnesota will need them both to be quick learners.