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Vikings Team Needs

Vikings Team Needs:

In a 3-13 team there are many more holes than you can fill in one off-season. These are the most pressing needs for the 2012 Vikings.

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Charlie Johnson and Phil Loadholt are the Vikings bookends. Both could be upgraded. Charlie Johnson gives all that he has, but unfortunately he doesn’t have much. He may be more suited for guard or as a swing tackle. He is not, however the Vikings answer to “Who will be our starting left tackle in 2012” question. Phil Loadholt is a top shelf run blocker that consistently gets push on the right side. In the passing game is a liability at times. If, a very big “IF’ he can become more consistent in his fourth year he can be the answer.

Dark Horse: Demarcus Love spent the entire 2011 season on the active roster but never made an appearance. The feeling around the organization is that he has talent and can factor into the Tackle or guard plans for the future.

Secondary

The Vikings finished last in the NFL in pass defense despite being in the top five with sacks. The pressure was not consistent but the secondary play was awful. Blown assignments and being physically dominated most of the year. The Vikings are not in as bad of shape as most believe. Getting a healthy Winfield and Chris Cook back next year will be a big boost. They still, however need to address this area of need in draft and or free agency. Marcus Sherels is a good special teams player and will only get better on defense. Brandon Burton did not do anything to excite the staff but he was only a rookie last year.

Dark Horse Mistral Raymond needs to add bulk and continue to improve. He will probably enter the off-season as the starter. He played like a rookie most of the year but did show some promise. Looks like a keeper.

WR

With Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins the Vikings receiving core may not need a total overhaul. I believe adding a player or two will go a long way to help the development of Christian Ponder. Drafting a receiver may not be the best of ideas. The wide receiver position in free agency is littered with proven commodities. I would go after Pierre Garcon or Mario Manningham. Marques Colston may also be a good fit but he may ask for too much. Camarillo and Arcenoux are likely done with the Vikings. Stephen Burton should improve but may not be a difference maker. Devin Aromashadu will only be asked back if the price is right.

Dark Horse: Rookie late round receivers hardly ever produce enough to be noticed. Stephen Burton had a rough start to his career but his shown flashes and has the talent to succeed. If he can harness some of that he may be able to help in a position of need for the Vikings.

OG

With the likelihood of Steve Hutchinson not being back and Anthony Herrera not being healthy the Vikings Offensive Guards may look entirely different. I am optimistic however that the solution may be found in house. Rookie Brandon Fusco did an admirable job with his fill in duty and will only get better this off-season. Scott Kooistra was a starter before he went down with a neck injury. Joe Berger is a well valued back up to both guard spots.

Dark Horse: Chris Degeare. He has starting experience. The talent is there, I expect him to come into the offseason and really stake his claim. The guard position is wide open.

Linebacker

Ej Henderson is a free agent. He most likely will not be resigned. Erin Henderson is also a free agent but will be asked back. He had an up and down first season as a starter. He did show enough to be the starter going into next year. Chad Greenway despite all of the media nonsense had a pro bowl year. He was in the top five tacklers in the NFL. He needs to make more plays that affect the game but he is steady and a very good player. Jasper Brinkley will be back from a season ending hip injury in preseason. He will man the middle. The Vikings need to add some young talent in the mid rounds.

Dark Horse: Larry Dean had a productive training camp as an undrafted rookie. I expect him to take a huge step this year and become a regular contributor.

Off season Angles.

On a 3-13 team there isn’t a whole lot of things going right. Rick Speilman is an advocate for a youth movement. I do not expect many of the free agents to be back next year. I also have a feeling that there will be lots of terminated contracts for the remaining over the hill gangers. One of the youngest rosters in football next year is not out of the picture.

Free agents will be targeted offensively. The main goal is to develop Christian Ponder and the young talent on the roster. If the Vikings can sign young free agents with talent, they win.

WR

Pierre Garcon

Stevie Johnson

Jerome Simpson

OL

Carl Nicks

Jared Gaither

Demetrius Bell

Secondary

Brandon Carr

Tracy Porter

Eric Wright

Tyvon Branch

Laron Landry

Final: The Vikings need to address the tackle position in both the draft and in free agency. If Kalil is off the board at 3 The Vikings can either trade down or take Claiborne or Blackmon.



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