Minnesota Vikings Day 1 Draft Primer

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Minnesota Vikings Day 1 Draft Primer
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The Minnesota Vikings will go back to the drawing board in their plan to build a winning team, this time with a fresh, new coaching staff. Not all things have changed though. The quarterback position still has more questions than answers. The defensive secondary needs revamping. Once more, the Vikings enter a draft weekend with a high pick.

There are a number of permutations the Vikings could use to fill some of their biggest needs. Finding the quarterback of the future must be somewhere near the top of the list. With rumors swirling around the trade value of Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon and Ryan Mallett, the Vikings could be on the phones if no quarterback prospect meets their criteria.

Adding defensive talent in whatever way possible comes after that. New coach Mike Zimmer will be looking for defensive prospects to infuse the defense he will run, so expect picks from that side of the ball to come early and often.

Overall, this is an important draft for everyone in Vikings headquarters. Considering what he did with his last selection of a quarterback, general manager Rick Spielman is on his last leg. If he doesn't get it right this time, Minnesota will surely be back in the market for a quarterback with a new GM in three years.

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