Minnesota Vikings: Options and Potential Draft Picks

jordan feldickContributor IApril 11, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 23:  Bernard Berrian #87 of the Minnesota Vikings runs after making a reception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The Vikings have needs at several positions, including wideout, quarterback, and offensive lineman. Here is who they are either rumored or have been rumored to be interested in filling those positions.

At wideout, they already have Bernard Berrian as their No. 1 receiver. Then, as their No. 2 receiver, they have injury-prone Sydney Rice. Their slot receiver is Bobby Wade.

Here are their potential solutions. This year's draft seems to be full of wideouts who are worth a first-round pick. It appears that the Vikings would take Percy Harvin in a heartbeat if he is still available at pick No. 22. He would be a perfect slot receiver for almost any team.

Then it is rumored that they are interested in Hakeem Nicks. He would fill the role as a possession receiver.

Then there is Darrius Heyward-Bay, who the Vikings would probably only take if he were the best available player left on the board. Many people believe the Vikings would pass him up, as he is a very similar receiver to Bernard Berrian.

Potential free agents include Torry Holt, Plaxico Burress, and Marvin Harrison, but they are all long shots to sign with the team.

Then at quarterback they have Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels, and John David Booty. Rosenfels was brought in to compete with T-Jack, and Booty is a third-stringer who will take years to develop into a starter.

Unless the Vikings trade up or get extremely lucky, the only first-round talent quarterback available is Josh Freeman, if he is still on the board at pick No. 22. It is possible the Vikings might take Nate Davis in the fifth or sixth round.

Unless Stafford or Sanchez falls to the Vikings, it appears that it will come down to Rosenfels and T-Jack. There don't appear to be any free agents available worth chasing.

In terms of offensive line, it appears that they will be entering next season with John Sullivan as their replacement for Matt Birk.

It is possible they would consider taking Alex Mack from Cal with a first- or second-round pick. Then, they will most likely draft a right tackle with their second- or third-round picks.

But if they do draft one with their first pick, it would most likely be Ebon Britton or Micheal Oher. There do not appear to be any free agents worth chasing.

I predict that they are going to draft Hakeem Nicks with their first-round pick and then address the O-line in the second round.