The Minnesota Vikings surprisingly find themselves in the thick of the NFC playoff race with a 6-4 record after 10 games. While this is encouraging, the reality is that the remaining schedule is brutal. The Vikings will face the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears twice each, along with the Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams to wrap up the season. Realistically, Minnesota is likely to finish no better than 7-9 on the year.
This is a marked improvement over last season's 3-13 showing, and it's clear that the Vikings are making progress. However, this is still a team with glaring needs that need to be addressed in the coming offseason.
The Vikings desperately need help at wide receiver, where Percy Harvin is the only legitimate threat. They could also use help at guard, defensive tackle, cornerback and linebacker.
With a 7-9 record, the Vikings would likely draft somewhere between 12th and 15th in the upcoming draft.
Here's a list of five players who might realistically still be on the board when Minnesota is ready to pick. Any of them would help upgrade the Vikings' roster and aid the team in taking the next step up the NFL ladder.