Minnesota Vikings' Free Agency and Draft Wish List

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Minnesota Vikings' Free Agency and Draft Wish List
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The best thing about an NFL offseason is the hope and promise provided by what may come. Each winter and spring there are free-agent classes and drafts full of talented football players whose acquisition inspires teams and their fans to dream of better days.

The Minnesota Vikings currently stand as a team with far more questions than answers. Minnesota's front office began addressing their lengthy "to do" list by hiring new head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer's fiery approach and "what you see is what you get" style is a breath of fresh air after the relatively placid approach of the previous staff.

As everyone who watches the NFL knows, breaths of fresh air usually last until a team's first turnover.

The Vikings' 2013 season was a torturous ride for its fanbase. Every question that lingered from a surprising playoff appearance after the 2012 season seemed to be answered in the negative.

Were head coach Leslie Frazier and his staff capable of nudging the team forward from their 2012 mark of 10-6? No. Was Christian Ponder improving at the normal rate of a third-year starting quarterback? No. Had the defense improved enough that they could afford to release one of its cornerstones, Antoine Winfield? No.

Perhaps the biggest problem with the 2013 season is that those answers were all more than apparent halfway through the season, with the team sitting with a miserable 1-7 record. The second half of the season devolved into a who's-on-first routine at quarterback and a team being guided by a lame-duck coaching staff.

It all ended with Minnesota finishing with a 5-10-1 record and the eighth selection in this spring's draft. The Vikings roster has talent, but it also has huge holes that need to be patched before the team can be considered a contender.

Let's take a look at the Vikings biggest positional needs heading into free agency and the draft.

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