Minnesota Vikings 2009 Draft Board
Personally, I don't think the need at wide receiver is nearly as big as the ones at offensive tackle, defensive tackle, or cornerback.
The Vikings currently own six draft picks. They are as follows:
- Round 1 (22)
- Round 2 (54)
- Round 3 (86)
- Round 5 (150)
- Round 7 (204)
- Round 7 (214)
In May 2008, they acquired an additional seventh round selection from Washington, trading away injury-plagued defensive end Erasmus James. James was drafted 18th overall in the 2005 by the Vikings.
So what will the Vikings do with their picks? They feel they have solved their quarterback situation for the time being by acquiring Rosenfels, so it's highly unlikely they will draft one in the first round.
If Josh Freeman slides deep into the second round, the Vikings may take him then, but the chances of that happening are slim to non-existent.
Instead, their first round selection should be used on an offensive tackle. This is by far their weakest link. Good thing this year is loaded with talent at the position.
The Vikings would be thrilled if someone like Michael Oher were to fall to the 22nd slot. If that doesn't happen, a guy like Williams Beaty out of Connecticut could be a surprise first rounder.
I think a great move in the first round would be to trade down. Swapping first round picks with Tennessee would be ideal. Of course, a third- or fourth-round selection would have to be thrown in there by Tennessee, but they're desperate after losing Haynesworth to the Redskins.
This would be amazing for the Vikings, who would get an offensive tackle at a much cheaper price and would also get back their missing fourth-rounder.
The second round gets a little trickier. There is a lot of depth this year at cornerback, so they Vikings could wait until the third round to jump at that one. I think the best pick here would be a defensive tackle.
Pat Williams, arguably the best run stuffer in the game, is aging. He's got maybe two good years left in him. It's time to start grooming a replacement.
The best selection here would be BJ Raji's teammate from Boston College, Ron Brace. The guy had an awful 40-yard dash time, at 5.48, but benched 225 pounds an impressive 32 times.
He's much faster than his time indicates. He's an exact replica of Pat Williams at 6'3'' and 330 pounds. After a very unimpressive combine, his value dropped, which is good news for the Vikings.
The guy wasn't known for getting sacks, compiling only 5.5 sacks in the last two season, but he is a massive force that can't be moved off the line. He's got good acceleration and would fit in nicely.
Sitting behind the best defensive tackle tandem in the NFL, Pat and Kevin Williams (no relation), Brace would learn from the best. He would keep that precious "wall" all Vikings fans adore on the defensive line for years to come.
The third round pick is set exclusively for a cornerback. An underrated pick here would be Kevin Barnes out of Maryland. This guy is fast and got better every year in college.
He suffered a shoulder blade fracture in a game against Wake Forest in October, causing him to miss the rest of the season. This will cause his draft stock to decline slightly.
His injury will not keep the Vikings from selecting this guy if he is available. Look at the six teams that passed on Adrian Peterson two year ago because of injury problems. They all wish they had him now!
At 6'1'' and 190 pounds, he's got good size for an NFL corner. He is known more for his pass defending skills than he is stuffing the run, but that's why the Vikings have the best defensive line in the NFL.
Watching Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin pounding ball carriers for a while will give this guy the push he needs.
He put up good numbers at the combine, running a 4.52 40-yard dash with a vertical jump of 38.5 inches. At his Pro Day, he performed even better, running a 4.45 40-yard dash and a vertical jump of 41 inches!
He may not be a good tackler, but the guy can really put the hurt on. Click on the link to see one of the greatest hits in college football last season!
Because they don't have a fourth-round selection yet, we'll skip it. In the fifth round, It would be ideal for the Vikings to add a little depth to the safety position.
Right now, the Vikings don't really have a reliable backup to Madieu Williams or Tyrell Johnson. If there is even a decent safety left by the third round I would be surprised.
If the Vikings really feel they need to, this is where they will add depth to the wide receiver position. They will want to go after the biggest receiver left. I'll let you readers discuss this one!
Any pick after the fifth round is unpredictable. They will probably look to upgrade their depth on the offensive line as well as the linebacker position. Another defensive lineman isn't out of the question either.
I want to hear your opinions, Vikings fans!
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