2011 NFL Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings' Draft Take

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings' Draft Take
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The Minnesota Vikings had an extremely disappointing season in 2010.  Many people picked them to contend for a Super Bowl title, but they ended up finishing dead last in the division.  A lot of the disappointment can be attributed to injuries to many key players, but a lot of the team’s big flaws were pointed as well.

Brett Favre is finally going to call it a career, but him leaving creates a very big question mark at the quarterback position.  Joe Webb played well late in the season in place for Favre, but he is still very unproven.  A quarterback will most likely be brought in to compete for the starting position next year. 

Adrian Peterson is arguably the top running back in the league still, and he gives the offense a very dangerous weapon.  The combination of him and Toby Gerhart gives the Vikings a pretty formidable duo at running back.  Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice are a solid starting combination, but Rice is a free agent and he may not be back.  Both of these players missed time with health problems, and backup Bernard Berrian struggled.  This position could use an upgrade, especially if Rice leaves as a free agent. 

Visanthe Shiancoe isn’t a top tight end, but he is a solid pass catcher who gives Minnesota another weapon in the passing game.  The left side of the Vikings' line is still very solid, with Bryant McKinnie at left tackle and Steve Hutchinson at left guard.  Yet the rest of the line could use some upgrades, particularly over John Sullivan and Anthony Herrera at center and guard. 

The defensive line has been the best in the league in previous years, but the line could look different next season.  Jared Allen is great at one end spot, but Brian Robison will take over for Ray Edwards if Edwards leaves as a free agent, and Robison is unproven. 

Kevin Williams is a Pro Bowler at one tackle spot, but Pat Williams could retire. The Vikings don’t really have a proven player to take over if he isn’t back next year.  E.J. Henderson and Chad Greenway are two very solid players at linebacker, but the other linebacker spot is far from locked down.  Ben Leber is an adequate starter, but he is a free agent, and it’s possible the Vikings could look for an upgrade. 

The cornerback position could be a question mark if Cedric Griffin has trouble staying healthy again, as he has two torn ACL’s in the previous two years.  Antoine Winfield is still a pretty good cornerback, but his career is nearing an end and they need to find a long term replacement for him.  That player could be Chris Cook, but he didn’t look very impressive last season.  Both safety spots could use an upgrade, as Madieu Williams and Hussain Abdullah are fringe starters at best.  I expect to see the Vikings take at least one safety in the upcoming draft.

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