Minnesota Vikings Offseason and Draft Needs.

Jimmy GlennContributor IMarch 3, 2009


While they lost out on the TJ Whoseyourmomma sweepstakes, not all is lost for Minnesota. The Vikings can still bolster an already dominant defensive line with the addition of a proven pass rusher and run stopper in former Miami defensive end Vonnie Holliday.

Though an 11-year veteran, Holliday could step in at defensive end in rotation with Ray Edwards, Jayme Mitchell, and Brian Robison for a lethal quadrant of ends. Add to the mix the Williams duo—and not to mention the animal at the other end, Jared Allen—and you have the makings of a Super Bowl calibar defensive front.

At linebacker, there are a few options via free agency that could add depth to an already good core of LBs for the purple. Angelo Crowell of the Bills, Cato June of Tamp Bay, and/or Napoleon Harris should be resigned. He is a proven run stopper, and gives Ben Leber and EJ Henderson options to rush and play coverage.

In the secondary, Pittsburgh's Bryant McFadden would be a superb addition to an already strong secondary. His cover and run stopping skills would eventually replace an aging Antoine Winfield.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Vikings need an option opposite of Bernard Berrian. Mark Clayton of Baltimore or Devery Henderson of New Orleans would be a good compliment to Berrian. I am hopeful that Percy Harvin will still be available at the Vikings first pick at No. 22, but I don't think a player of his caliber will last past the top 12 or 13 picks.

Vicente Shiancoe is not the answer at tight end. Jim Kleinsasser resigned, which is good; he's a proven player, but Minnesota needs a pass catching tight end. Brandon Pettigrew of Oklahoma State or Jared Cook of South Carolina would be a good pick in the second round.