Minnesota Vikings "Ponder" 2012 NFL Draft

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Although Free Agency is still hovering as the NFL marches on toward the 2012 draft, teams are addressing areas of need, wants and hopefully impact players who can make a difference in their team’s success.

Of course, the Minnesota Vikings have been relatively quiet in landing “big name” free agents, but they have addressed a few areas of need. With that said, the draft is beginning to take on a clearer picture.  

As of this writing, the Vikings have signed Erin Henderson to a modest one-year contract, probably a good deal for both parties because the Vikings keep a player that understands the system and is a starter. For Henderson, he can prove his worth next year and then, if he is successful, put greater pressure on the Vikings next off season to sign a long-term deal.

But as these signings take place, and there are bound to be a few more for the Vikings, it’s time to start focusing on players the Vikings might consider during the draft. Let’s take a look at all seven rounds and ponder which players could be available and perhaps drafted by the Vikings.  

My approach is not to specifically target one guy for each draft spot; it’s all about who is available at what time and whether that fits the Vikings' philosophy. I decided to produce a “likely," “secondary," “surprise drop” and “interesting” categories approach to each round other than Round One, which is hopefully very obvious.

There are a thousand variables, so bear with me as I try to meter out a rational approach to the draft. I think we all understand that the guy we want for every round will not always be there, so there have to be alternatives. That is what this focuses on.

As always, constructive/productive comments are always welcome.

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