2011 was a year to forget for Vikings fans. From blowing an unprecedented three halftime leads to open the season to seeing the face of the franchise suffer a possible career-altering injury, the whole year was one big shipwreck.
Despite a 3-13 record, the Vikings have a good amount of talent. Percy Harvin had a breakout season and showed what a game-changing performer he can be, Chad Greenway had another solid year, finishing third in the NFL in tackles, and Jared Allen showed that he is THE best pass-rusher in football.
Don't get me wrong. This is still a bad team.
They have a lot of needs, but the way I see it, the Vikings have three that are most pressing:
- A left tackle to anchor the line.
- A shutdown corner.
- A big, deep threat receiver.
Having secured the third pick in April's draft, the Vikes have a lot of options to choose from. For the purpose of this piece, we're going to take a look at the best options at each of these positions. And since it's nearly impossible to predict draft day trades, we're gonna assume Indianapolis, St. Louis and Minnesota stay in the slots they have.