The Vikings have 10 picks in the upcoming draft, including the third overall pick, which I believe they will use to select franchise left tackle Matt Kalil.
To those of you that are actually taking the time to read my slides and not just read the titles, I apologize for sounding so repetitive, but drafting Kalil will make a world of difference for the Vikings.
Along with the number three pick, the No. 35 pick should also provide them with a first-round caliber player. Whether they choose to select a WR, a CB or just the best player available, the Vikings will get two players in the first two rounds that will make a huge impact in 2012.
After we get past the marquee picks in the draft, the Vikings still have a pick in every round, and three in the fourth round after receiving compensatory selections for losing WR Sidney Rice, DE Ray Edwards and QB Tarvaris Jackson to free agency prior to the 2011 season.
Though they are just fourth round picks, it's important to note that you can still find very talented players in the fourth round and they can offer great value to the team. To put it into perspective, fourth rounders in the past for the Vikings include DT Christian Ballard and DEs Brian Robison, Ray Edwards and Everson Griffen. Not all are consistent starters, but they offer great depth to their team.
With needs on the offensive line, in the secondary, at WR, MLB and at RB, the more picks the better.
The draft won't make the Vikings relevant per say, but it will make them better--they can't get much worse, right?
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