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Vikings Offseason Plan

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, Webb


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

You can never have too many good cornerbacks 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 and possibly one of the best players available, which happens to fill a need. Trufant had a great showing at the Senior Bowl. Trufant proved 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, something the Vikings are missing in a division with the Packers violent passing game, Calvin Johnson, and Brandon Marshall. Minnesota could especially use Trufant’s 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 passees broken up and a sack this year. Trufant has the potential to be a shutdown corner in a division with strong passing games.


1. Kawann Short DT, Purdue

Kawann Short had an impressive year and established himself as one of the best defensive tackle prospects in the draft totalling 43 tackles, 7 sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss, 4 passes broken up, 4 kicks broken up, and a forced a fumble. Short’s numbers are big as is his impact on the defensive line. He is a dominant force and showed this season, especially the start of the 2012 season. Short did not run at the combine, but played well at the Senior Bowl.


Draft Day 2-

2. Robert Woods WR, USC

Woods impressed at his pro day and it sure seems like the Vikings were impressed. Vikings wide receiver coach George Stewart spent "quality time" with Robert Woods after he shined at his pro day. Woods measures at 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. At his combine and pro day, Woods showed great route running ability and good hands. Woods does have the quickness and ability to separate himself from defenders, but struggled to do so because of physical limitations this past season. Woods had 76 catches for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season. The numbers are solid, but again, Woods was held back while battling an ankle injury. In the 2011-2012 season, Woods was turning out to be a complete stud and was just unbelievable a year or two ago. His sophomore year showed a ton of promise and looked like he could have been the best receiver prospect, but the ankle injury did set him back.


3. Kiko Alonso ILB, Oregon
In this draft scenario, Kiko Alonso would likely start day 1 at middle linebacker for the Vikings. This pick ultimately came down to Bostic and Alonso, but I Alonso’s ability in coverage proved to be better and of course in the Tampa 2, the middle linebackers ability to cover is significant for the defense to strive. Alonso shows more than great coverage skills along with great 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, but Alonso managed 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. Alvin Bailey OG, Arkansas

4. Tharold Simon CB, LSU

5. Marcus Davis WR, Virginia Tech.

6. Earl Wolff S, N.C. State

7. Stefphon Jefferson RB, Nevada

7. Quanterus Smith DE, Western Kentucky

7. Jake Knott OLB, Iowa State

Final 53 Man Roster-

Quarterbacks:

Ponder, Cassell, Bethel-Thompson


Running Backs:

Peterson, Gerhart, Jefferson


Wide Receivers:

Jennings, Woods, Simpson, Wright, Davis, Childs


Full Back:

Felton


Tight Ends:

Rudolph, Carlson, Ellison


Offensive Line:

RT: Loadholt

RG: Fusco, Olsen

C: Sullivan, Berger

LG: Johnson, Bailey

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, Simon, Jefferson, Sherels


Safeties:

FS: Smith, Blanton

SS: Sanford, Raymond, Wolff


Special Teams-

P: Kluwe

K: Walsh

LS: Loeffler

KR: Woods

PR: Sherels

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