Pre-Draft Analysis: Minnesota Vikings

Scott YounkerContributor IApril 7, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 06:  Antoine Winfield #26 and Charles Gordon #41 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrate after breaking up a touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints on October 6, 2008 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

With the NFL Draft quickly approaching I wanted to add my voice to the fray. However, I'll be taking a Vikings' specific look at what I'd like to see in the draft.

Minnesota has 6 picks this year in rounds one, two, three, five, seven, and seven. However, I think the Vikings need to focus on three specific areas to make the team better.


Antoine Winfield is one the best cornerbacks in the league, hands down. He had a spectacular season last year, but there is no one of note on the other side.

If Minnesota can pick up a decent to good CB in the draft I think their pass defense will be better and allow the linebackers to stay in the middle of the field instead of trying to run down speedier receivers.

I saw a lot of drafts after the college season ended with the Vikings taking Malcom Jenkins (Ohio State) with the 22nd pick in the first round. That's a pick I wouldn't mind seeing.

However, I think that the Vikings should wait until the second or third round to use their picks on a cornerback, because they have a more pressing need on the other side of the ball.

Offensive Line

Matt Birk while still motoring along is getting old and Ryan Cook can't handle the position of center. He's a decent guard but not a very good center.

Now, I'm going to admit to being an Oregon Duck here but I don't want to be seen as being a homer. However, I do think that the Vikings should take an OL in the first round.

Max Unger is the center that they need. He was a four year starter for the Ducks and led their successful spread attack all four years.

Unger is especially good at the run game, where he has the agility needed to push the line forward and the strength to create holes for backs like Jonathan Stewart, Lagarrette Blount, and Jeremiah Johnson.

Blount is like Taylor (though more athletic) and Johnson is a smaller, less speedy Peterson. These are runners that Unger is used too.

You can disagree with me on this one but I think that Unger would be a good replacement for the aging Birk.

Besides center, Hutchinson isn't getting any younger, and I do feel that the Vikes need to pick up somebody to start replacing the old guard on the line. I'm not sure who but a couple of guards would be nice.


For the past few seasons it's always been about the new QB that is needed to replace Jackson. This year, it's a reliable back-up to replace Rosenfals.

My hope is that the Vikings use the round five or the two seventh round picks on a quarterback. Chase Daniels (if he falls that far) would be a great fit in the Minnesota offense.

My other hope is that the Vikings cut Booty. I'm sorry that guy is a bigger failure than Jackson. In fact, if I was any other team I would cut Booty in favor of keeping Jackson.

Rosenfals is decent, but he gets injured. He needs a good back-up.

We'll see what happens on Draft Day, and I'll give the benefit of the doubt to anyone that the Vikings pick up, but I hope that they make some smart choices this year and pick up guys that will help the team get past the first round come December.