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The Vikings were the major headliners of the first day. They started the day with two picks, then traded back into the first round for a third to add more talent to their roster.
The Vikings needed front line talent. By trading Percy Harvin and releasing Antoine Winfield, they let arguably two of their five best players go. It was a roster that didn't have a lot of talent to begin with. If not for a superhuman effort from Adrian Peterson, they would have been picking much higher in the draft.
Things fell their way.
Florida defensive tackle Shariff Floyd was projected by many to go in the top five, but fell all the way to 23. They got good value at 25 with cornerback Xavier Rhodes, then they traded multiple picks to get back in the first round and draft Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
The rest of their draft was a little boring, but they added a few possible starters and solid depth. Linebacker Gerald Hodges from Penn State, a fourth round pick, might be forced into a starting spot this season.
In the fifth round, they added punter Jeff Locke from UCLA then went back to the same school for guard Jeff Baca in the sixth round.
They selected their second Penn State linebacker by using their first pick of the seventh round on Michael Mauti. Their last two picks were North Carolina guard Travis Bond and Florida State defensive tackle Everett Dawkins.
Best pick: Floyd
When you can get a guy who was supposed to go in the top five with the 23rd pick, you do it.
Floyd was not only great value, but he fit a position of need. Fred Evans only has one year left on his contract, and Kevin Williams is 32-years-old. The Vikings' other defensive tackles received a combined performance grade of negative-10.5 from Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
Floyd can rotate in this year and move into the starting spot by next season. Playing between Williams and Jared Allen isn't a bad place to be.
Worst pick: Locke
As with the Lions, are the Vikings really that set with their roster that they thought a punter was their best option in a deep draft? They could've used more competition at receiver, linebacker and in the secondary, and they passed on some pretty good options.
Chris Kluwe had a bit of an off year last year, but he's been a solid punter for a while and a guy they can win with. I just don't think a fifth-round punter is going to translate to more wins next year.
There is a really good chance he won't even make the team, if they give Kluwe a fair shot.
Biggest question: Do the Vikings have what it takes to get the most out of Patterson?
If teams drafted solely on talent, Patterson would have been a top 10 pick. However, there are a lot of questions about his route running and ability to read defenses. It doesn't matter how athletic a player is, because he can't just line up and automatically be a productive receiver. If that were the case, Devin Hester would be great.
Who do the Vikings have that is going to help Patterson reach his potential? Receiver's coach George Stewart has had some success with Harvin and Sidney Rice. He also coached Terrell Owens from 1996-2002.
There have also been some failures when Stewart was with Atlanta from 2003-2006 and Roddy White only caught a combined 59 passes. In 2007, White caught 83 passes, starting a streak of six straight years with 80 or more catches.
All of those projects took time to develop, and the thought is Patterson will, too.
The next question is: Where will they put him? He's projected to be best used as a slot receiver early in his career—the same spot Jarius Wright and Greg Jennings are at their best.
Lastly, is Christian Ponder good enough to get the most out of him?
Those are three big questions for a player they invested so much in.