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Vikings Offseason Plan - vikingnation1

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Resign/Signed-

In:

FB Jerome Felton

WR Jerome Simpson

OT Phil Loadholt

OL Joe Berger

LB Erin Henderson

S Jamarca Sanford

CB AJ Jefferson

CB Marcus Sherels

LB Marvin Mitchell


Out:

WR Devin Aromashodu

OG Geoff Schwartz

S Andrew Sendejo

LB Jasper Brinkley


Waive/Waived-

Jenkins, Guion, Bethel-Thompson, S. Burton, Asiata, Winfield, Reed


Sign/Signed-

Matt Cassel QB, Kansas City

Greg Jennings WR, Green Bay

Seth Olsen G, Indianapolis


NFL Draft Day 1-

1. Desmond Trufant CB, Washington State

As I wrote before, you can never have too many good corners on your football team. The release of Winfield took a hit on this unit and left us weak at CB. If Desmond Trufant is available, then the Vikings can add a fast and talented corner to the roster. Trufant had a great showing at the Senior Bowl. Trufant also showed to be one of the fastest corners with a forty time of 4.38. Trufant is hard hitting, physical, and has a great mentality. He has the potential to be a shutdown corner and the Vikings could use that. They could especially use his durability as well. Trufant is big, but not huge and has missed only one game during his college career. The Vikings have been hammered with injuries at CB the past couple years. Trufant is great in coverage, but has struggled a little defending the run. Trufant had 36 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, an interception, 5 passes broken up and a sack this year. Trufant has the potential to be a shutdown corner in a division with strong passing games.


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, totaling 191 yards and 13 catches. Watching Hopkins play is exciting. Hopkins runs good routes and shows good deep speed. In addition, ran a 4.41 forty. He is fast, quick, uses his feet, strength, and his hands to make enormous plays.


Draft Day 2-

2. Kawann Short DT, Purdue

Kawann Short had an impressive year having made 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. Kiko Alonso ILB, Oregon
Kiko Alonso will likely start day 1 at middle linebacker for the Vikings, . This pick came down to Bostic and Alonso, but I liked Alonso’s ability in coverage better and of course in the Tampa 2, the middle linebackers ability to cover is important. Alonso has great coverage skills, coordination, speed, explosiveness, awareness, and plays with passion. He’s had off the field troubles and apparent "character concerns," which is a knock to him. He had 81 tackles, 4 interceptions, 14 tackles for a loss, a sack, 2 passes broken up, and 2 forced fumbles. Alonso would be a good fit for the 4-3 and cover 2 defense.


Draft Day 3-

4. Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB, Connecticut

4. Kyle Long OG, Oregon

5. Marcus Davis WR, Virginia Tech.

6. Robert Lester S, Alabama

7. Stefphon Jefferson RB, Nevada

7. Quanterus Smith DE, Western Kentucky

7. Jake Knott OLB, Iowa State

Final 53 Man Roster-

Quarterbacks:

Ponder, Cassell, Webb


Running Backs:

Peterson, Gerhart, Jefferson


Wide Receivers:

Jennings, Hopkins, Simpson, Wright, Davis, Childs


Full Back:

Felton


Tight Ends:

Rudolph, Carlson, Ellison


Offensive Line:

RT: Loadholt

RG: Fusco, Olsen

C: Sullivan, Berger

LG: Johnson, Long

LT: Kalil


Defensive Line:

DE: Allen, Griffen

DE: Robison, Smith

DT: Williams, Ballard

DT: Short, Evans


Linebackers:

OLB: Henderson, Knott

ILB: Alonso, Cole, Mitchell

OLB: Greenway, Dean


Cornerbacks:

Trufant, Cook, Robinson

Wreh-Wilson, Jefferson, Sherels


Safeties:

FS: Smith, Blanton

SS: Sanford, Raymond, Lester


Special Teams-

P: Kluwe

K: Walsh

LS: Loeffler

KR: Wright

PR: Sherels

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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