But what about the guys we aren't always talking about? What about the sneaky picks, the players who could show out this season and potentially be just as important as the guys above?
Check out our picks for the unsung players most likely to have a major impact this season.
CB Mike Hughes
The learning curve for NFL defensive backs is typically steep, a reality that Vikings fans are pretty familiar with. Former first-round pick Trae Waynes and former second-round pick Mackensie Alexander have faced their own struggles at the position, and Hughes is expected to do some similar grinding early on. However, are we underestimating the young speedster? An injury to Alexander and some solid play in the preseason could earn him some early work in the secondary, while special teams coordinator Mike Priefer has all but anointed Hughes the team's top return man, although Marcus Sherels remains on the roster (but for how long?).
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OL Danny Isidora
Even middling tweaks to the Vikings' offensive line could be game-changers at this stage. A fifth-round pick in 2017, Isidora could kick off his sophomore season as the Vikings' starting center. It's an interesting experiment given newly acquired center Brett Jones' obvious experience at the position and Isidora's status as a backup right guard on the Vikings' latest depth chart. Still, Zimmer has spoken highly of Isidora's abilities (but won't yet confirm he's starting). We haven't seen much of Isidora, who started just one game last season, but he was praised coming out of college for his hands and quickness and would make for a welcome addition to an extremely questionable line.
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C Brett Jones
The word on Jones has been mostly negative so far, in that most of the word on Jones has actually been the word on Pat Elflein. The Vikings have activated the second-year center from the PUP list, but have been mum on a timetable for his return. That's still a little concerning, given that he wasn't originally supposed to miss much time at all. However, the Jones move remains a shrewd one. He started and played reasonably well in 13 games for the Giants last season, cost the Vikings only a seventh-round pick and could stay at guard once Elflein returns.
RB Latavius Murray
Adrian Peterson flipped the established narrative on ACL tears, but Dalvin Cook remains a bit of a question mark heading into the 2018 season. Murray performed well in his absence in 2017 and, following the departure of Jerick McKinnon, is far and away the most senior runner on the roster. Undrafted rookies Mike Boone and Roc Thomas are his only competition for the backup spot, while bruiser C.J. Ham is the only other player who could conceivably eat into his goal-line workload. That's where Murray made his money last year: He was among the league leaders in red-zone rushes last season, and scored seven of his eight touchdowns from inside the 10-yard line.
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WR Laquon Treadwell
We've heard this one before: Treadwell impressed in camp, and is poised for a breakout. This year, however, could be different. Cutting veteran Kendall Wright was a major vote of confidence in Treadwell on the part of the front office, while his performance in the Vikings' third preseason game was promising. He had three receptions for 44 yards against the Seahawks, including a 27-yard grab, his longest as a pro (if, you know, preseason games counted). Last season, quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Case Keenum rarely looked for the rookie, but a new quarterback means a blank slate of sorts, and an opportunity for Treadwell to start anew in Year 3.