Minnesota Vikings: Power Ranking the Vikings' 5 Strongest Position Groups

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Minnesota Vikings: Power Ranking the Vikings' 5 Strongest Position Groups
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Jared Allen headlines a defensive end group that's among the game's best.

With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, more and more discussions surface about every team's needs.

But there aren't as many about each team's greatest strengths, or where it needs the least amount of help.

The idea came to me when I saw the latest mock draft (via ESPN.com. Membership required) from Todd McShay of ESPN and Scouts Inc. He has the Minnesota Vikings snagging Bjoern Werner with the first of their two first-round picks. Werner is a defensive end from Florida State. (McShay has Minnesota selecting California wide receiver Keenan Allen with their second first-round pick.)

This blew my mind. I understand the value in selecting the best player available. But Werner isn't the clear-cut best player at this juncture of McShay's draft, which makes this is a silly pick for Minnesota.

McShay cites a lack of depth behind Jared Allen and Brian Robison as logic for making this move, which is inaccurate. Minnesota has Everson Griffen and Viking defensive coaches appear to like D'Aundre Reed.

Defensive end is one of Minnesota's strengths and should be avoided early in the draft—maybe entirely.

This slideshow will feature four other positions (plus defensive end) in which Minnesota is very well set for the 2013 season and beyond. These are positions Minnesota should avoid in the draft (with the ranking in the slideshow title, counting down from No. 5).

Let's go.

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