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The Vikings are only one year removed from a trip to the NFC championship game, but struggled mightily last season, causing many to speculate they will be in rebuilding mode this season. The Vikings do however, have many key elements from their 2009 team in place, including arguably the best running back in the league, Adrian Peterson, and wide receivers Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice, who may be a free agent once a new CBA is reached.
Yes, the VIkings defense needs to get younger and they need to improve their offensive line, but with Brett Favre's retirement, and Tavaris Jackson's pending free agency, the Vikings need to find their quarterback of the future.
Possibility of this happening? Unlikely. There are too many teams in desperate need of help at quarterback for Newton to fall to the 12th pick. The Vikings are more likely to pursue a veteran QB in a trade, and pick someone they can develop in a later round.