It's been a while since I've written an article. I had pretty high hopes for last season. I thought Bill Musgrave was going to show Minnesota a real "kick ass offense." I thought the secondary would actually be alright, even with an aging Antoine Winfield and no clear-cut safety.
Like Leslie Frazier, though, I was delusional.
Last season was an absolute disaster. Of course, what 3-13 season isn't? The Vikings last year looked old, out of shape, injury-riddled, and they lacked overall talent.
The good news? Minnesota's owners knew they needed to head in the right direction, they promoted President of Player Personnel Rick Spielman to the position of General Manager. Now, the team will be built with the players that Spielman believes can bring the Vikings a championship, and it's Frazier's job to lead those men on the field. Period.
Many fans believe Spielman isn't the right man for the job. I beg to differ. Let's not forget, Spielman played a vital role in the acquisition of Jared Allen, the drafting of Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Christian Ponder (not to mention late-round picks like Joe Webb and John Sullivan.)
Minnesota has a lot of holes to fill this offseason, but thankfully, it'll actually have an offseason in which to complete these tasks.
And since I'm such a big Viking fan, I'll give Spielman some ideas for this year's NFL Draft. Minnesota currently holds the No. 3 overall pick, giving them many options to add youthful talent to the current roster.
Here is my seven-round mock draft for the Minnesota Vikings...