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Team needs: Minnesota Vikings

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Well, I can’t let Rosenthal and Silva have all the fun.  This weekend, I’ll be cranking out the draft needs for the teams of the NFC North.  Starting with a team that could be heading to the NFC West if it doesn’t get a new stadium soon.

QB:  The Vikings need a quarterback around whom they can build a team.  Daunte Culpepper was that guy from 2000 through 2005, until he knee was blown out in a game at Carolina.  Tarvaris Jackson was supposed to be that guy as of 2006, but he couldn’t hold off Gus Frerotte and, ultimately, Brett Favre.  Operating out of the 12th spot in round one, the Vikings are too low to get Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert.  They’re likely sitting too high to justify using the pick on any of the next tier of quarterbacks.  Trading down to get a quarterback and also picking up a third-rounder to replenish the pick wasted on Randy Moss would make plenty of sense.  If they think they can still get the guy they want from a lower position.

WR:  Though highly talented, Percy Harvin continues to struggle with migraines and Sidney Rice seems to be intent on leaving for greener pastures, literally and figuratively.  Bernard Berrian has been a disappointment and the rest of the depth chart contains no one who can help make much of a difference.  The good news?  If they don’t draft a good receiver, they can always try to sign Randy Moss as a free agent.

DT:  Pat Williams plans to leave and Kevin Williams, 30, is much closer to the end of his career than the beginning.  Jimmy Kennedy has been a pleasant surprise, but he’s no spring chicken, either.  With plenty of other needs, however, the Vikings may have to stand pat — and hope that guys like Fred Evans and Letroy Guion can fill a role in the rotation, especially with Jared Allen and the underrated Brian Robison attracting plenty of attention from the end position.

CB:  Cedric Griffin can’t stay healthy, and Antoine Winfield turns 34 in June.  Chris Cook had durability issues as a rookie and Asher Allen has been inconsistent.  It could make more sense to use free agency to upgrade the position, since the Vikings haven’t really reeled in many quality corners over the years via the pool of incoming players.

S:  Neither the draft nor free agency have been kind to the Vikings in recent years, with Madieu Williams, Tyrell Johnson, and Jamarca Sanford not providing the kind of solid, consistent performance that a Tampa Two defense requires.

OL:  The left side of the line has been a strength in recent years, but Steve Hutchinson turns 34 this year, and Bryant McKinnie will be 32.  Center John Sullivan has played well at times, but he’s no Matt Birk.  The right side of the line has been inconsistent, but the team still hold out hope that Phil Loadholt can become a solid presence at right tackle.

Overview:  Still regarded by many as having a nucleus to contend, the Vikings finished last in the NFC North.  And that nucleus is aging.  The Brett Favre experiment delivered an exciting 2009 season and nearly a Super Bowl appearance, but the franchise now must pay the price for going all in with a signal-caller on the wrong side of 40.  Absent a quarterback who can keep defenses honest, the offense will consist of riding Adrian Peterson until he shatters and playing the kind of defense that will create field position and points.

With the Packers still ascending and the Bears capable of competing and the Lions finally on the rise, the Vikings arguably need much more help than any one draft can yield.

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  1. airraid77 says: Apr 8, 2011 9:02 PM

    its all irrelevant if they fail to get a stadium….because if they dont have that, the distractions that would follows would be catastrophic.

  2. rashardmendenballs says: Apr 8, 2011 9:19 PM

    The Lions are on the up…The Vikings are on the down.

  3. mvpolamalu says: Apr 8, 2011 9:19 PM

    Cincinatti bengals team needs: qb/wr/rb/ot/og/c/fb/dt/de/ilb/olb/cb/fs/ss

  4. Robert says: Apr 8, 2011 9:23 PM

    Team needs:

    Los Angeles

    Toronto

  5. pestilence1972 says: Apr 8, 2011 9:29 PM

    The O line is soooooo overrated. McKinney can’t run block and can’t pass block Julius Peppers. Hutch is by far the most overrated lineman to ever play football. Every one talks about how great he is, but he has never played to that level, at least not in Minnesota. Herrera was actually decent prior to his ACL.

    When you are fielding questions about weather on not Adrian Peterson is hitting the hole “too fast”, you have blocking problems and not RB problems.

    My vote? Trade Hutch and McKinney ASAP and reboot with a fresh OL.

  6. commandercornpone says: Apr 8, 2011 9:31 PM

    they are just giving up too soon on favre.

  7. gargoyle10 says: Apr 8, 2011 9:32 PM

    Message to team doctors for Harvin’s migraines:

    TOPAMAX!!!!!

    It has been on the market for years. What the heck is in the water in Minnesota anywho? They can’t get anything right.

  8. johnnyb216 says: Apr 8, 2011 9:34 PM

    It could have been a lot shorter of an article if they wrote about what they didn’t need.

  9. joetoronto says: Apr 8, 2011 9:35 PM

    1. Quarterback.

  10. deconjonesbitchslap says: Apr 8, 2011 9:41 PM

    0-16.

    what a way to go out of MN.

  11. packerfan12 says: Apr 8, 2011 10:26 PM

    List all of the teams needs? This post can only be so long….

  12. whitetail28 says: Apr 8, 2011 10:46 PM

    A stadium.
    A strong fan base.
    anything else??

  13. carnagekong says: Apr 8, 2011 10:46 PM

    I think a roof over your head is a good place to start

  14. Deb says: Apr 8, 2011 10:57 PM

    Viking needs?

    1. A different photo for PFT to run with Vikings articles.

    2. Bloggers to stop assuming Minnesota is the last whistle stop for aging QBs.

    3. LA to put together a team of its own for a change.

  15. thefiesty1 says: Apr 8, 2011 11:02 PM

    Let’s see, a stadium, a QB a WR, and on and on and on.

  16. p4ck3r5 says: Apr 8, 2011 11:05 PM

    I know what they dont need, Brett Favre! Lol

  17. dbellina says: Apr 8, 2011 11:16 PM

    Thank God we still have Chris Kluwe!

  18. handlethehandles says: Apr 8, 2011 11:50 PM

    Ryan Mallet… Round one… or maybe you pass on the qb with the best arm period in college football and draft a bunch of so called needs….

    Seriously does anyone actually think the Vikings can not draft a qb round 1?

  19. checker4024 says: Apr 9, 2011 12:09 AM

    And just what team doesn’t need any position!?!

  20. tramonisland says: Apr 9, 2011 1:15 AM

    oh jeeze here we go…. don’t we need a few segments on this topic?

  21. zn0rseman says: Apr 9, 2011 2:08 AM

    Interesting that essentially the exact same team (sans Chester Taylor and Brett Favre) that by all rights should have gone to the Super Bowl a little over a year ago is now almost universally considered talentless and in need of complete rebuilding after going through one of the most brutal schedules I’ve ever seen.

    My take is…

    1: Add a solid vet QB (Palmer, Kolb or Rosenfels), plus a round 1-2 rookie QB (Mallet, Locker or Ponder), move Webb back to WR (which is where he belongs anyway), and let Ramsey and Bomar battle it out for the third spot.

    2: Resign Sidney Rice for whatever it takes.

    3: Let Ray Edwards walk. Spend a 1st or 2nd round pick to fill that spot. Brian Robinson and Everson Griffin are both adequate replacements.

    4: Our draft picks (at least those that Speilman was in charge of without Childress interference) have been outstanding, so let’s not hit the panic button here. The OLine and LB core are fine. And in spite of what some are saying, we have solid corners in Winfield, Allen, Griffen and Cook. In fact, no position (other than QB) is really hurting and in need of a desperate fix, so after one QB and DLine pick… just go BPA and fill out the roster with the best guys available.

    5: Do not draft Cam Newton. Do not trade for McNabb. Newton has bust written all over him. As for McNabb, we just got rid of an overrated QB with piss poor accuracy and questionable decision making skills. We don’t need another.

  22. purplethunder98 says: Apr 9, 2011 3:02 AM

    I’m a vikings fan and I say let them go 0-16 and draft Luck with the #1 pick next year. Thats a guy you can build a team around.

  23. welzy says: Apr 9, 2011 5:08 AM

    Sidney Rice is the most over-rated player in the NFL.

    1 year with Favre, very good:
    16 games, 83 receptions, 1312 yards, 8 TDs.

    Other 3 years:
    35 games, 63 receptions, 817 yards, 10 TDs.

    No more Favre. I have no idea why any team would offer him anything substantial. He could be the 4th receiver in Green Bay, but he would have to earn that spot.

  24. dfensfelix says: Apr 9, 2011 8:32 AM

    @ airraid77

    I live in Minnesota, and am unfortunately surrounded by Vikings fans on a regular basis. I can understand wanting to improve upon the giant toilet that is the Metrodome, but I have to say that the ridiculous, blindly fanatical drive to acquire a new stadium for the Vikings has reached the level of pure stupidity. Did you really just say that the ENTIRE success of the team depends on them playing in a new stadium? As if that automatically turns an old team young, a mediocre team into a champion, and disloyal fair-weather fans into respectable reasonable spokespersons for their team. I have actually heard more than one Vikings fan put forth the idea that financial support for colleges/universities in Minnesota should be diverted towards funding for a new stadium. The sad thing is that the Minnesota legislature, right in the middle of financial turmoil and a huge state deficit, is starting to listen to this mindlessness, and will most likely approve public funding for a shiny new venue for these impetuous crybabies to watch their team lose in for the next 30 years.

  25. JimmySmith says: Apr 9, 2011 8:34 AM

    It’s far easier just to say they are set at LB and RB, they need help everywhere else and a lot of it.

    But the OL looks to be the neediest because it doesn’t matter who plays QB next year if the guy is looking at a jail house break everytime he drops back to pass. You can’t make a huge investment at QB when the guy is going to get killed.

    DB’s are needed just because they play in the NFC North where every team has a quality QB (except the Vikings of course)

    Who will finish in last place in the NFC North remains is as predictable as ever except now Lion’s fans can rejoice because it is no longer them.

  26. jimr10 says: Apr 9, 2011 8:53 AM

    Should we start a Favre watch? Send some guys to Mississippi and bring him back alive.

  27. emotionalfatguy says: Apr 9, 2011 9:10 AM

    They are old everywhere and incredibly shallow.

  28. moondog7 says: Apr 9, 2011 9:40 AM

    Vikes do have some big needs. As far as QB goes I’ll take a 2009 followed by a 2010 every other year if I could. Favre brought so much energy and experience to the team, he just ran out of gas and OL/WR’s last yr. We do need a QB now but lets face it there is only 15 good QB’s on the planet, hopefully we can find a gem in the draft. I wouldn’t mind seeing trading for Tebow if Denver doesn’t want him. Guy is all heart and wants to win he’d be like Favre all over if his game evolves.
    WR- we only have 1 legit wr now with percy
    OL – huge issue, we need some room for AP, and the left side is aging quickly, and the right side is not top nfl talent
    DL -Phat Pat and Ray Ray are gone gunna need another top notch guy there, could be the first pick we make.
    S- the true weak link of the defense. Bring in 2 new ones cuz the ones we have are not working
    CB – Very injury prone definatly need depth.

    First pick cant be a qb there not valued high enough. If Julio Jones is there take him, or a quality OL or DE.

    I think round 2 is where we take a shot on qb with locker, ponder, or mallet.

  29. tjacks7 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:11 AM

    1. Let Webb play out the season at QB.
    2. Two safetys that can tackle and/or break up passes (right now they cans do either)
    3. Trade Jared ‘garbage time’ Allen to the highest bidder. Seriously this guy routinely closer to the QB before the play than during or after it.
    4. Resign Rice
    5. Make sure Brad Childress doesn’t have access to anyone or anything Viking related.
    6. Draft Andrew Luck next year.
    7. Trade down and draft BPA this year at OL, S, CB, OLB, DE
    8. Cut Ties with Tahi
    9. Get a stadium or move
    10. Get doctors that know what they’re doing. Wonder why Terrell Davis got braces? Oh cause they helped relieve the pressure of his migraines?

  30. Wisconsin77 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:49 AM

    If you want to know why the team failed last year it had nothing to do with the QB or Peterson, it had to do with BOTH lines failing (offensive and defensive). Proof with film study here: http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/2010-vikings-what-the-film-revealed/

  31. dolphins4 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:52 AM

    What this team needs is Kevin Kolb who is a great QB ready to be a starting QB.

  32. 13xworldchamps says: Apr 9, 2011 12:57 PM

    The OLine and LB core are fine. And in spite of what some are saying, we have solid corners in Winfield, Allen, Griffen and Cook. In fact, no position (other than QB) is really hurting and in need of a desperate fix, so after one QB and DLine pick.

    How can you say they are fine, look what the Packers did to your DB’s last year. The left side of your O line is in shambles. Favre got his but kicked last year, Loadholt won’t cut it, he’s too big and slow off the Ball. You guys are a mess and looking from the basement up for several years. Rice isn’t goiung to sign with no viable option to throw him the ball.

  33. vikesfansteve says: Apr 9, 2011 2:21 PM

    Tjac went down in his first start last year. Childress traded Sage & cut Moss. TJAC was not the option so that argument about Favre setting the Vikings back is B.S. Chilly hurt the team by trading Rosenfels.

  34. airraid77 says: Apr 9, 2011 2:51 PM

    dfensfelix,
    you dont read very well.
    if their is no stadium, their is no minnesota vikings, which means there is no drafts for a team in minnesota. End of discussion.

    I love the idea that all of you think that the owner shouldnt be given a thing…..
    Question for the stupid:
    So if you are best worker at your job, by your own admission, you would be willing to take a pay cut? and give it to the less hard working?

    Anybody without a brain see the problem with that logic?

  35. cusoman says: Apr 9, 2011 4:02 PM

    airraid77 says:
    Apr 9, 2011 2:51 PM
    dfensfelix,
    you dont read very well.
    if their is no stadium, their is no minnesota vikings

    ——————

    Oh the irony!

  36. sandiegosmith says: Apr 9, 2011 4:49 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    Apr 9, 2011 8:34 AM
    It’s far easier just to say they are set at LB and RB, they need help everywhere else and a lot of it.

    But the OL looks to be the neediest because it doesn’t matter who plays QB next year if the guy is looking at a jail house break everytime he drops back to pass. You can’t make a huge investment at QB when the guy is going to get killed.

    DB’s are needed just because they play in the NFC North where every team has a quality QB (except the Vikings of course)

    Who will finish in last place in the NFC North remains is as predictable as ever except now Lion’s fans can rejoice because it is no longer them.
    _______________________________

    Well I’ve got to hand it to you Jimmy,

    This is actually a fairly well reasoned assessment of the Vikings current situation, and with only a couple understated digs at the team and their fans. As opposed to the usual, “T Jack off, LA Vikings, Moss – Favre – Childress, criminals, etc”… Played out comments that generally pollutes and overshadows what ever point it is that you are making.

    Well done Sir.

    Evolution

  37. randomjim says: Apr 9, 2011 6:58 PM

    Anyone who thinks Rosenfels is the answer needs some help. For God’s sake he couldn’t beat out Jackson in preseason and it wasn’t because Childress wanted Jackson or he wouldn’t have wanted Favre back.
    This guy couldn’t beat out Cleo Lemon in Miami.

    STOP WITH THE ROSENFELS NONSENSE !!!!!!!

    I don’t know if losing Rice is that big of deal. I wouldn’t pay too much for him. Because he didn’t get his surgery Favre didn’t have his go to guy, defenses played close, they traded first for Camarillo, then for Moss.
    Thanks for taking care of that in the off season.

  38. brewdogg says: Apr 10, 2011 2:12 AM

    13xworldchamps says:
    Apr 9, 2011 12:57 PM

    How can you say they are fine, look what the Packers did to your DB’s last year.

    ——————————————

    Look at what Shaun Hill and Donovan McNabb did to the Packers last year. Hypocrisy……

    You are aware that the Vikings were 10th in the league in pass D and that Rodgers’ 301 week 11 was the only game that the Vikings allowed a 300 yard passer, right? Now imagine if they had a decent FS……

    Now tell me, what part of the defense that was 8th overall, 9th against the run, and 10th against the pass do you think is a mess?

    And one other thing….. Packers fans really shouldn’t make fun of anyone else’s OL….. The Packers have had all of two OL draftees become quality starters since Tauscher and Clifton were drafted in 2000, which is fewer than the number of PB linemen that the Vikings have allowed to leave in FA during that time. The Packers line gave up more sacks and had fewer yards/carry than the Vikings. Once again…..hypocrisy…..

  39. goombar2 says: Apr 11, 2011 2:51 AM

    Brewdog, you remind me of Packer fans in 2005 bragging about about Bates #2 ranked pass defense. It was a defense that featured Ahmad Carrol, the worst DB ever in the history of the GB Packers.

    See, sometimes stats deceive what the eyes see. If you honestly think the viking O-line is better than the Packers O-line you either can’t be watching viking games or you’re lying.

    Once teams jumped out to a lead on the vikes, they ran the ball keeping passing yards down. It’s the same trick that made the 2005 Packer pass D #2. But it wasn’t a dominating pass defense.

    A for instance – look at the NE game… Brady gets 240 yds but their running game gets over 120. And against the bears where Cutler throws for under 200 yds but the bears rush the ball 33 time for only 100 yds.

    You’re trying to pick the stats that make you feel good about this mess, but the eye don’t lie. That O-line needs major help.

  40. brewdogg says: Apr 11, 2011 3:10 PM

    And sometimes, goombar, stats give lie to perception. How about 9th in yds/att, 6th in 20+ comp, and 10th in 40+ comp. Shall I point out that the Vikings were passed on more frequently than the Packers were? Your contention is that teams didn’t pass on the Vikings because they were too busy running on them, but the Vikings had fewer att/game than half the league against them. Rodgers threw 65 times in their two meetings. Sanchez needed 44 passes to get 191 yards. Brees threw 36 times to get 237 yards in the opener with two of the top four corners in street clothes on the sideline. Shall I go on?

    And I didn’t say that I thought the Vikings OL was better than the Packers. They both need a lot of help. I said Packer fans shouldn’t be mocking anyone else’s line. Can you honestly tell me that you are happy with the Packer’s line? I would be severely disappointed in you if you did…..

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