2009 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings

Kramer SchmidtContributor IApril 9, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 4:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates his touchdown with teammate Jeff Dugan #83 in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC Wild Card playoff game on January 4, 2009 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

In 2008, the Minnesota Vikings finished the season with a 10-6 record, good enough for the NFC North Division Championship, but another early exit in the playoffs means the Vikings have the No. 22 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The Vikings were thought to be a serious Super Bowl contender last season, but the inconsistent play from QB's Gus Frerotte and Tavaris Jackson led to the team's downfall.

Another weakness, though not as bad as the QB, was the health of WR's Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian. Rice spent time on the sideline with an injured ankle, missing 4 games, while Berrian injured his ankle late in the season but continued to play.

Jackson's slow maturity and progression have been the biggest part of his inconsistent play. His decision-making on the fly also has shown little improvement (if any at all). While he has the ability to run the offense, he has not proved he can run the system for a full season.

Frerotte's lack of mobility and his age led to his ineffectiveness as well. While he was 7-3 in 11 games, when he left the Lions game (injury) he was trailing therefore does not deserve the win.

With the No. 22 pick in the draft, if does not trade it away, the best way to go would be to draft a WR. especially since they could use more reliability and durability out of the No. 2 receiver.

At that point in the draft, Hakeem Nicks (North Carolina) or Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland) seem to be good WR choices if still available.

Should neither of those guys be available, the next option would be a QB.

Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez probably will be off the board by the time Minnesota gets to pick, so the best option would be Kansas State's Josh Freeman if he gets passed up by Tampa Bay at No. 19. Nate Davis from Ball State could also be available.

Should they go WR in the 1st round, they should be able to pick up a good QB in the mid-to-late rounds, which should include: Graham Harrell (Texas Tech), John Parker Wilson (Alabama), Pat White (West Virginia), Chase Daniel (Missouri).

All those guys could be available, so the Vikings could fill lots of needs early on in the draft.