A Ridiculously Early look at the Roster

If you weren't already aware, the Vikings start hosting Mini-camps tomorrow. April 30th - May 2nd is the rookie mini-camp for all the new guys from this past weekend and everyone will meet up June 11th-13th for a full team mini-camp. Also, OTAs will be as follows: May 18th-21st, 24th-27th, June 1st-4th, and 7th-8th. So with camps so close, why not take the first look at the Minnesota Vikings roster for 2010.

Per roster page, the roster is currently broken into 3 groups: Current Roster, Practice Squad, and Unsigned Rookies. Here is how is currently breaks out:

Current Roster (No particular order)

OL                                          FB/RB                         TE/WR                            QB                                Specialists

John Sullivan                       Jeff Dugan                Jim Kleinsasser          Brett Favre                   Ryan Longwell

Jon Cooper                          Naufahu Tahi           Garret Mills                   Tarvaris Jackson       Rhys Llyod

Ryan Cook                           Adrian Peterson       Visanthe Shaincoe     Sage Rosenfels        Chris Kluwe

Phil Loadholt                      Darius Reynaud       Bernard Berrian                                                 Cullen Loeffler

Bryant McKinnie                 Albert Young              Sidney Rice

Anthony Herrera                                                      Percy Harvin

Steve Hutchinson                                                   Greg Lewis

                                                                                   Jaymar Johnson


CB                                    DE                                     DT                                LB                                    S

Asher Allen                    Jared Allen                      Fred Evans               Jasper Brinkley              Husain Abdullah

Cedric Griffin                Ray Edwards                  Letroy Guion             Heath Farwell                 Eric Frampton

Lito Sheppard              Jayme Mitchell               Jimmy Kennedy        J Leman                          Tyrell Johnson

Antonie Winfield          Mike Montgomery          Kevin Williams          Kenny Onatolu                Jamarca Sanford

Benny Sapp                 Brian Robison                Pat Williams              E.J. Henderson              Madieu Williams

                                                                                                                      Chad Greenway  

                                                                                                                       Erin Henderson

                                                                                                                       Ben Leber


Practice Squad (Name, Position)                      Unsigned Draft Picks (Name, Position)

Colt Anderson, S                                                    Chris Cook, CB

Patrick Brown, OT                                                  Toby Gerhart, RB

Chris Clark, OT                                                       Everson Griffin, DE

Ian Johnson, RB                                                    Chris DeGeare, OG/T

Tremaine Johnson, DT                                         Nate Tripplet, LB

Drew Radovich, OT                                                Joe Webb, WR

DeAndre Wright, CB                                              Mickey Shuler, Jr, TE

                                                                                  , FB


This is how they are broken up on the page. There are some undrafted free agents working out this weekend as well and it remains to be seen which of those guy will be invited to continue with the team through training camp. Even with out these undrafted players, there are already questions that will need answering:

 - The Current Roster already has 55 players on it. During the season, 53 players are named to the roster (45 suit up and the rest are considered "in-active" on game days). So even without adding the draft picks from this year, the roster is pretty full.

- Will a veteran, ala Bobby Wade, be jettisoned for the younger talent coming in?

- Based on the Practice Squad rules, a player can't spend more than 2 years on the PS and once they are added to the active starting roster for 9 games, they can't go back. That means guys like Drew Radovich, Erin Henderson, and Darius Reynaud are no longer eligible to remain/go to the PS. Thus, as an early look, these player appear to have to earn a roster spot on the top 53 or be cut/traded during camp.

- If the Vikings only keep 5 CBs, (like last year), who is most likely to be cut/traded: Lito Sheppard or Benny Sapp?

- Who is more expendable: Jeff Dugan, Garret Mills, or both?

- Will the Vikings truly be keeping a roster spot for Rhys Llyod or will he be a camp body to keep Longwell fresh ala Steve Hauschka last year?

I am sure there are plenty more questions and more will come as the camps progress. For now though, with plenty of time before camp, you can play with the roster a bit and decide where to go from there. Should be a great camp/preseason with all the talent on the roster and the new talent trying to break onto in.

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