5 New Minnesota Vikings Who Will Have The Biggest Impact In 2016

By Brad Berreman

The Minnesota Vikings won the NFC North last season, but they still entered the offseason in need of upgrades in specific areas. Moves were made to address those needs, and here are five new Vikings who will have the biggest impact during the 2016 season.

5 New Minnesota Vikings Who Will Have The Biggest Impact In 2016
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5. OT Andre Smith

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Phil Loadholt missed all of last season with a torn Achilles, and he missed the end of 2014 with a pectoral injury. Smith was added in free agency to compete for the starting job at right tackle, and I'd anoint him the front-runner right now.

5. OT Andre Smith

Phil Loadholt missed all of last season with a torn Achilles, and he missed the end of 2014 with a pectoral injury. Smith was added in free agency to compete for the starting job at right tackle, and I'd anoint him the front-runner right now.

4. CB Mackensie Alexander

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The Vikings got a potential first-round pick in the second round this year. If Alexander can make a quick transition to the NFL and back up his swagger, he'll be in position for a significant role right away.

4. CB Mackensie Alexander

The Vikings got a potential first-round pick in the second round this year. If Alexander can make a quick transition to the NFL and back up his swagger, he'll be in position for a significant role right away.

3. OG Alex Boone

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Boone seems to already be establishing himself as a leader of the Vikings' offensive line, with attitude and mean streak to burn. His presence also allows Brandon Fusco to move back to his natural right guard spot, which is good for the whole unit.

3. OG Alex Boone

Boone seems to already be establishing himself as a leader of the Vikings' offensive line, with attitude and mean streak to burn. His presence also allows Brandon Fusco to move back to his natural right guard spot, which is good for the whole unit.

2. Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano

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Minnesota's poor offensive line play in 2015 cost Jeff Davidson his job, and in steps Tony Sparano as offensive line coach. As another voice in the room, with experience as a head coach and offensive coordinator, don't overlook Sparano's impact.

2. Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano

Minnesota's poor offensive line play in 2015 cost Jeff Davidson his job, and in steps Tony Sparano as offensive line coach. As another voice in the room, with experience as a head coach and offensive coordinator, don't overlook Sparano's impact.

1. WR Laquon Treadwell

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Treadwell will have an opportunity to become Minnesota's No. 1 wide receiver as a rookie. His strengths mesh well with what Teddy Bridgewater does best, so Treadwell's production will be important and a barometer for the Vikings' offense.

1. WR Laquon Treadwell

Treadwell will have an opportunity to become Minnesota's No. 1 wide receiver as a rookie. His strengths mesh well with what Teddy Bridgewater does best, so Treadwell's production will be important and a barometer for the Vikings' offense.

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