The Minnesota Vikings' loss to the Baltimore Ravens, although it helps, comes a little too late to help their draft position enough to select the top quarterback in 2014. The way things presently look, the Vikings will be selecting fourth. That's the same position they were in two years ago when they selected offensive tackle Matt Kalil.
While quarterback has received the most attention this year with the rotation of Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman, it's the defense that needs attention.
The offense is ranked 14th in the NFL with a scoring average of 24.2 points per game, and the defense is 31st yielding an average of 30.4 points per game and near the bottom of most statistical categories.
Heading into Week 14, the defense was last in scoring, last in touchdown passes allowed, 31st in time of possession, 30th in pass defense and 30th in total yards allowed.
A franchise quarterback might be able to overcome a couple of warts, but that might be too many.
After quarterback, the Vikings also have needs at cornerback, defensive line, linebacker, offensive line and wide receiver.
Here's a look at some options the Vikings may have heading into the offseason to bolster some of these positions.