The Minnesota Vikings' Draft Can Take Them to The Next Level

Mike ZechmannContributor IMarch 28, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 14:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is pushed out of bounds by Antrel Rolle #21 of the Arizona Cardinals  after a 25 yard gain during the first quarter at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 14, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 35-14.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

I am tired of hearing people analyzing the Vikings Draft needs without having a clue what the team needs. 

The Vikings have a very talented team at every position except three: Quarterback, Right Tackle, and Wide Receiver. 

The Vikings should be able to keep their core together for the next 2-3 years before age and free agency starts to become a factor. That means the Vikings need to find players in this draft that will have immediate impact, not take 2-3 years to develop.

Lets examine the areas of need.



An argument can be made for the Vikings to take a quarterback in the first round of the draft if one of the top three (Stafford, Sanchez, or Freeman) falls to No. 22. 

However, most draft experts agree that Stafford and Freeman are talented developmental projects that are best suited to sit on the bench and learn for 2-3 years. 

Sanchez is the most NFL ready of the three, however he could not beat out the current USC quarterback on the Vikings roster (John David Booty). 

Does anyone believe any of these three would perform significantly better than Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson in 2009.  I doubt it.


Right Tackle 

Of the three needs this is probably the easiest position to transition into the NFL. 

There will be good value for this position in both the first and second round and we could probably pick up an immediate starter in either round.  (Eben Britton, Phil Loadholdt) 


Wide Receiver

This is always a tough position to transition to the NFL where cornerbacks are faster and more physical and schemes are more advanced and require better route running. 

However, with Adrian Peterson on the roster, whoever the second Vikings reciever is will always face 1-on-1 coverage, much like college. 

The Vikings need someone speed to take some pressure off peterson, but who can also move the chains.  If Jeremy Maclin fell to no. 22, that would be a no brainer, but Percy Harvin would provide good value at the position.

They could possibly move back 3-4 spots and select Heyward-bey or Hakeem Nicks while picking up an additional 2nd or 3rd round selection. 


Other needs include depth at Defensive Tackle and Safety and Fullback. 

Fred Evans and Letroy Guion might be able to get the job done, but if the Williams are suspended they will need more depth. 

Jimmy Kennedy is a joke and cost us a game last year and almost cost us the giants game. 

Is anyone comfortable with Husain Abdullah as our top backup at safety. 

If childress's favorite play continues to be the fullback screen off playaction to Peterson, we need a fullback who can catch and who can get more than 0-2 yards per catch. 

Mark my words, five of the vikings picks will be Right Tackle, Wide Reciever, Defensive Tackle, Safety, and Fullback. 

The only ways Minnesota drafts a quarterback is if Sanchez falls to No. 22, Pat White is available for them in the 3rd, or Rhett Bomar somehow falls to the 7th. I do not think any of those will happen.