Early Minnesota Vikings Offseason Prediction

Jesse AbelsonContributor INovember 22, 2008

I know this is like three months too early, but I am really bored and have nothing better to do, so I am going to try to predict what is going to happen during the offseason this coming year.


1. First off, sadly, I think that the Vikes will not make the playoffs, most likely because Brad Childress is a horrible head coach. I think we will fire him and hire someone like Bill Cowher to run our team.

Chance of that happening: 62 percent


2. Next, we have four options at quarterback: stick with our current quarterback for another year or two, sign Matt Cassel, trade for someone like Derek Anderson, or draft a quarterback.

Personally, I don't think that the Vikes will be drafting high enough to get a Matt Ryan-type of rookie quarterback, so I don't think that wold work very well. I think our best option would be to sign Matt Cassel.

Chance of that happening: 46 percent


3. The Draft. Here is my Minnesota Vikings 2009 mock draft:

Round 1: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

The Vikings look to be set on the O-line, but if Bryant Mckinnie gets in trouble again, they will need someone good to take over. Also, Ryan Cook has struggled a lot this year. The Vikings need an offensive lineman; I'm just not sure that they will see that as a first-round need.

Chance of player getting drafted: 31 percent

Chance of same position getting drafted in same round: 45 percent


Round 2: Vince Oghobaase, DT, Duke

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 310

Oghobaase recorded 96 tackles and nine sacks. He bench presses 355, squats 505, and power cleans 320. Oghobaase carries a 3.6 GPA and 1020 SAT.

Sounds pretty good to me. Pat Williams is at the end of his career, and we need someone like Oghobaase who can fill in for him and stop the run.

Chance of player getting drafted: 35 percent

Chance of same position getting drafted in same round: 52 percent


Round 3: Domonique Johnson, CB, Jackson State

Tall, fast, and helps us out at cornerback because we don't have the best, and Winfield is at the end of his career.

Chance of player getting drafted: 24 percent

Chance of same position getting drafted in same round: 39 percent


Round 4: Jorvorskie Lane, FB, Texas A&M

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If you look at the video, I think that explains a lot. We don't have a fullback, and we need one.


Round 5: Marcus Thigpen, RB, Indiana

Would be used as a kick returner.


Round 6

No Selection.


Round 7 No. 1:  Jeff Moturi, WR, UTEP


Round 7 No. 2: Jared Bronson, TE, Central Washington


Free Agents

Vikings Free Agents. I believe the Vikings will re-sign all of the players, except Darren Sharper.

I believe the Vikings will pick up Matt Cassel during the offseason.


Projected 53-Man Roster




Matt Cassel

Tarvaris Jackson

John David Booty


Running Back

Adrian Peterson

Chester Taylor

Maurice Hicks



Jorvorskie Lane

Jeff Dugan

Naufahu Tahi



Ryan Cook

Bryant McKinnie

Marcus Johnson

Andre Smith



Steve Hutchinson

Anthony Herrera

Artis Hicks



Matt Birk

John Sullivan


Tight End

Visanthe Shiancoe

Jim Kleinsasser

Garrett Mills


Wide Receiver

Bernard Berrian

Bobby Wade

Sidney Rice

Jaymar Johnson

Aundrae Allison


Defense/Special Teams


Defensive End

Jared Allen

Ray Edwards

Brian Robison

Otis Grigsby


Defensive Tackle

Kevin Williams

Pat Williams

Fred Evans

Ellis Wyms

Vince Oghobaase



E.J. Henderson

Ben Leber

Chad Greenway

Vinny Ciurciu

Erin Henderson

David Herron



Antoine Winfield

Cedric Griffin

Charles Gordon

Marcus McCauley

Domonique Johnson



Madieu Williams

Tyrell Johnson

Eric Frampton

Husain Abdullah



Ryan Longwell



Chris Kluwe


Long Snapper

Cullen Loeffler