NFL Draft 2011: Is Jake Locker the Pick for the Minnesota Vikings?
With the Brett Favre baggage having now been lifted from Minnesota, the remaining burden concerns finding an ample replacement for the future Hall of Famer.
Does Leslie Frazier pull an all-out assault for, say, Cam Newton, whom team officials have put through a private workout? Or will the pick be Jake Locker, a slightly less-hyped prospect who offers similar attributes?
The Vikings' staff was noticeably absent from Locker's recent pro day workout in Seattle, as ESPN.com NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert points out. But don't read too much into that; Minnesota also put Locker through a personal workout.
It's hard to imagine Minnesota lucking out with Newton at No. 12, leaving open the very real possibility that Locker will be the choice, even if it means riding the pine for a while.
That said, neither Joe Webb nor Tarvaris Jackson, a free agent, appear to be the answer, which begs the question of whether the Vikings will deal for Donovan McNabb or another notable veteran.
If a new collective bargaining agreement allows Minnesota to pursue an experienced and proven quarterback, do the team's Locker plans bottom out?
Possibly. In which case needs along the offensive line and at defensive end and receiver could be addressed.
For more on the NFL Draft: 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Comparing Experts Picks from Around the Web
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