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Vikings Eye The NFL Draft

Written By: Rob Leath

Two months have passed since the latest Vikings post-season disappointment. Fans have been left to wallow in their own perdition during that time, looking for any forms of solace as they sift through the debris of a once-promising season. As the spring air permeates through the state, optimism begins to surface again; Vikings fans are once again proud to don purple as the free agency period and NFL draft signal the early stages of the 2010 season.

The annual Brett Favre drama will be the topic de jour for the Minnesota faithful, but lost in the talk of number four’s return is the ambivalent approach the Vikings took towards free agency. In recent years, the team opened up its pocketbooks and ushered in the likes of Steve Hutchinson, Antoine Winfield, and Bernard Berrian – among others – with monster deals. This year was a bit different (the Vikings were handcuffed by an odd rule brought about by an uncapped season and CBA unrest, allowing them to only add a free agent if they lost one of their own) and unless you’re doing backflips over the addition of former Gopher and kickoff specialist Rhys Lyoyd, you were likely bored as the organization sat back and observed during the free agency period.

They kicked the tires of future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson before he ultimately signed with the Jets, but LT was a big signing in name value only – his better days are behind him. Perhaps it was an indication that the Vikes are content with their current roster, among the most talented in the league. In any event, they now turn their attention to the NFL Draft, where good teams build their foundation. With few glaring needs yet plenty of areas that need improvement, the team could go almost any direction. Here are few potential options with the draft merely a month away.

Tennessee DT Dan Williams: The massive Volunteer tackle had a big year under former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and has seen his draft stock go in the right direction. He’d be an excellent replacement for Pat Williams and would ensure that the “Williams Wall” remains intact. There is, however, a good chance he is off the board at #30.

UCLA DT Brian Price: Another potential Williams replacement, Price is much smaller than Williams (about 30 pounds lighter) but he is a quick, penetrating tackle that is stout enough to hold his own against the run.

Rutgers CB Devin McCourty: McCourty is a well-rounded cornerback who looks ideal for a Cover-2 defense. The Vikings are fairly deep at corner, but with Ced Griffin recovering from injury and Antoine Winfield advancing in age, they may opt to look at a corner early.

Florida C/G Maurkice Pouncey: Minnesota struggled to get push in the run game in 2009, and adding some talented pieces on the interior is certainly an option. Pouncey would be an upgrade over Anthony Herrera at right guard and could push John Sullivan at center as well.

California RB Jahvid Best: Best is a luxury pick at 30, and it might not make sense as they’re giving Adrian Peterson 300+ carries, but Best is an explosive weapon. He is untested in pass protection and durability is a question mark, which may turn off many suitors.

Those are just a few options for the team, but it gives you an idea of what type of players they may be looking for as they attempt to make another run in 2010.

1 comment:

  1. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO draft a QB. ex Colt McCoy because tavaris is not the future. have colt a year mentorship under FAvre.. cant beat that