The Minnesota Vikings defense walked out of the 2017 season as the No. 1-ranked unit in both points and total yards allowed throughout the season, but the ended the year with a dud in the NFC Championship game, surrendering 38 points to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Mike Zimmer's guys went into the offseason licking their wounds a bit, but then came the time to move on and even re-tool and upgrade a few portions of the already strong unit.

The Vikings made their big splash on offense in free agency when they locked down Kirk Cousins to be their franchise quarterback on a record-breaking deal at the time. Zimmer had stated his desire to not overpay for a quarterback, but Minnesota spent the most money it possible could have to lock it down. As a token of gratitude, general manager Rick Spielman went out and grabbed a much-needed upgrade at defensive tackle in the form of former Pro Bowler Sheldon Richardson on a one-year deal, which perhaps solidifies the defensive line as one of the top units in all of football.

The defense did not have many weaknesses last season, but they had to find a way to get better, deeper and younger in the secondary. That is where the NFL Draft came in handy and the Vikings used their first round pick on Mike Hughes out of UCF. He is expected to compete for time both inside the slot and on the boundary in his rookie year. There were a handful of other moves that should help this team this upcoming season and here is our stab at what the depth chart could look like.