It's hard to believe that just two seasons ago, the Minnesota Vikings were one play away from their first Super Bowl appearance in over three decades. Now, Viking fans (myself included) are hoping a new coaching staff can "re-tool" the team enough to be in playoff contention once again.
Leslie Frazier and his staff have quite a bit of work to do on both sides of the ball.
They took a giant leap forward by drafting Florida State signal-called Christian Ponder to lead the franchise for the next decade with the 12th spot in the 2011 NFL Draft.
But with a roster full of pending free agents, the 2011 Vikings will most likely look different from the team that had such a promising season in 2009.
Leslie Frazier, the defense minded Head Coach will look to keep his teams defense in the Top 10 ranking in the NFL, but with so many free agents, there is only so many players he can replace in the Draft.
Which means General Manager Rick Spielman and the Vikings brass will have to make some moves during Free Agency to bolster the Defense and Offense in order to stay relevant in a vastly improving NFC North.
Now, I'd like to give you my prediction, position by position, at the 2011 starting Defense of the Minnesota Vikings.