Minnesota Vikings' 2009 Playoff/Draft Predictions

Jesse AbelsonContributor IDecember 31, 2008

We will start with the NFL Playoffs.

Vikings Vs. Philadelphia

This is going to be a very close game. Philadelphia will be blitzing and stacking the box so AP and Chester Taylor cannot run very efficiently. Philadelphia is a very explosive team, but will not be able to run the ball with Pat Williams coming back. It will come down to the Defense and the Quarterbacks.

Prediction

Vikings 23, Philadelphia 21

Key Players: Jared Allen 2.0 Sacks, 1 TFL

Tarvaris Jackson 210 Passing Yards 2TD 1 INT

Donovan McNabb 312 Passing Yards 1TD 2 INT

Adrian Peterson 89 Yards 1 TD

 

Minnesota Vs. Carolina

Carolina is a well balanced team, and Jake Delhomme is playing great this year. Minnesota beat Carolina earlier this year but will have a tough time winning this game.

Prediction

Carolina 17, Vikings 10

Key Players: Adrian Peterson 117 yards 1 TD 2 Fumbles

Tarvaris Jackson 175 yards 0 TD 0 INT

Jake Delhomme 275 yards 1 TD 0 INT

DeAngelo Williams 46 yards 1 TD

Now, onto the Draft.

First round: Don't be surprised if the Vikings trade out of the first round or down. They do not have any glaring needs and would like more draft picks but for now, let's say they don't trade down.

The Vikings take the best player available. There is no offensive tackle worth taking and no cornerback worth taking since Malcolm Jenkins, Vontae Davis, and D.J. Moore are all taken, so the Vikings go for the best player available, which is: Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Aburn.

I know we have the two best defensive tackles in the league arguably, but with Pat Williams at the end of his career, and with him getting injured, they need a good replacement and Sen'Derrick Marks is a Top 15 prospect.

 

Second Round: The Vikings need a corner back and a right tackle. Here they have two options. There is first round talent in both those positions still available. They decide to go with defense and take a cornerback, Domonique Johnson, CB, Jackson State.

This guy is tall, fast, and a very good cornerback. The Vikings need someone like him, because Cedric Griffin cannot consistently guard opposing wide receivers.

 

Third Round: Now is where the vikings decide to finally draft an offensive tackle and take Alex Boone, OT, Ohio State.

Alex Boone has not had a very good season, but he should make up for that at the combine. He can play both tackle positions, so if Bryant gets in trouble again, he can step up and play there.

 

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

Fifth Round: Willie VanDeSteeg, DE, Minnesota

Seventh Round (1) Brooks Foster, WR, North Carolina

Seventh Round (2) Rich Ohrnberger, OG, Penn State

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