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Quick Post-Harvin Offseason Plan (Subject to Change)

Veteran Contracts
Reconstruct contracts for John Carlson, Kevin Williams, & Jared Allen.

Viking FA’s-
In
FB Jerome Felton
WR Jerome Simpson
OT Phil Loadholt
OL Joe Berger
LB Erin Henderson
S Jamarca Sanford
CB AJ Jefferson

Out
WR Devin Aromashodu
OG Geoff Schwartz
LB Marvin Mitchell
OL Troy Kropog
CB Marcus Sherels
S Andrew Sendejo
LB Jasper Brinkley

Release-
Jenkins, Johnson, Guion, Kluwe, Bethel-Thompson, Williams (CFL), Raymond, Deen, S. Burton, Asiata, Winfield

Non Vikings FA’s-
John Phillips TE, Dallas
Tyler Thigpen QB, Buffalo
Greg Jennings WR, Green Bay
Keenan Lewis CB, Pittsburgh
Kenny Phillips S, New York



NFL Draft Day 1
1. DeAndre Hopkins WR, Clemson
Hopkins had an excellent season and stepped into a more dominant role. He’ll be drafted to finally be molded into a Vikings No. 1 receiver. Hopkins had 1,405 on the season with 82 receptions and 18 touchdowns. He was phenomenal in the bowl game against LSU, where he was battling with pro-caliber defensive backs, totalling 191 yards and 13 catches. Watching Hopkins play is exciting. Hopkins runs good routes and shows good deep speed. He is fast, quick, uses his feet, strength, and his hands to make enormous plays.

1. (From Seattle) Kevin Minter ILB, LSU
Kevin Minter had a terrific junior year and is a terrific prospect. Minter was a playmaker and consistent force for the LSU defense racking up 130 tackles, 15 for a loss, 4 sacks, a forced fumble, 5 passes broken up, and a pass intercepted. Kevin Minter is physical in addition to good speed. Not only is he fast, but he is explosive and an excellent tackler. Minter shines in both the run game and pass coverage and is a great blitzer. He will be a great fit for the Vikings’ 4-3 defense. Minter hovers around 6’2 and weighs in at 245lb.

Draft Day 2
2. Kawann Short DT, Purdue
Kawann Short is one of the best defensive tackles in the draft and had a great year totalling 43 tackles, 7 sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up, four kicks broken up, and forced a fumble. Shorts numbers are huge and so is his impact on the defensive line. He is a dominant force and it showed this season, especially the start of the 2012 season. Short did not run at the combine, but played well at the Senior Bowl.

3. Stedman Bailey WR, West Virginia
Stedman Bailey would fill the void that Percy left. He is a very quick and speedy receiver. I think Bailey would make a very strong slot receiver. Bailey absolutely burns defensive backs and that is definitely shown with his huge numbers.Bailey really reminds me of Wright and Percy. Bailey is a better pro prospect than Austin in my opinion and was just dominant in 2012, especially against Baylor, racking up over 300 yards, 13 receptions, and 5 touchdowns! He also totalled 114 receptions on the year with 1,622 yards, and 25 touchdowns. This guy is an touchdown machine and I’d be glad to see him fill the void that percy left.

Draft Day 3
4. J.J. Wilcox S, Georgia Southern
4. Dwayne Gratz CB, Connecticut
5. Blaine Foltz G, TCU
6. Stefphon Jefferson RB, Nevada
7. Quinn Sharp P, Oklahoma State
7. Jake Knott OLB, Iowa State
7. Montori Hughes DT, Tennessee-Martin

Final 53 Man Roster

Offense
Quarterbacks
Ponder, Thigpen, Webb

Running Backs
Peterson, Gerhart, Jefferson

Wide Receivers
Jennings, Hopkins, Simpson, Wright, Bailey, Childs

Full Back
Felton

Tight Ends
Rudolph, Carlson, Ellison, Phillips

Offensive Line
RT: Loadholt
RG: Fusco, Foltz
C: Sullivan, Berger
LG: Johnson, Asper
LT: Kalil

Defense
Defensive Line
DE: Allen, Griffen
DE: Robison, Reed
DT: Williams, Ballard
DT: Short, Hughes

Linebackers
OLB: Henderson, Knott
ILB: Minter, Cole
OLB: Greenway, Mckenzie

Cornerbacks
Cook, Lewis, Robinson, Gratz, Jefferson, Burton

Safeties
FS: Smith, Blanton
SS: Phillips, Sanford, Wilcox

Special Teams
P: Sharp
K: Walsh
LS: Loeffler
KR: Wright
PR: Robinson

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a community, that view is no less important.

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