I'll TRY to keep things realistic. But this is a dream scenario.
Dream scenario from an outsider who roots for the Pats but lives in Minny now.
Get Mike Zimmer. This is a must. His no-nonsense attitude fits the BB attitude that the Pats have.
Trade the 8th overall and their 1st rounder next year to the Rams for the 2nd overall and a 3rd or 4th rounder next year.
Select Johnny Football, QB Texas A&M with the 2nd overall. Height and attitude issues or not, Mike Zimmer is the perfect no nonsense coach to whip this ultra talented wanna be bad boy into shape. Much improved pocket passing skills this year, he is the image of what the Vikings need to take their offense to new heights. He might run well with the ball, but the one major factor that sets him aside from a Ponder type is that he runs to give time to get receivers open. He will utilize his check downs and 2nd/3rd reads before taking off.
Select Lamarcus Joyner, S Flordia State in the 2nd round. At 5'8, not ideal height for a SS, but reminds scouts of a young Antoine Winfield, who with his strong tackling and solid pass defense skills, would have made a helluva safety late in his career. Additional plus is the chemistry from playing with Xavier Rhodes already.
Let Jared Allen hit FA Market and resign Everson Griffin to a 3 or 4 year deal. JA is way to expensive to keep around, and a youth movement on defense might be just what is needed.
If Kevin Williams is not willing to play NT, where he played at a much higher level this year, albeit in a small sample size, then he needs to hit the FA market. There are always NT types available in FA and/or the draft. Terrence Cody, Kyle Love, Brandon Deaderick, Ryan Pickett, and B.J. Raji are all FA Options. B.J. Raji would be my ultimate option, getting that talent at NT, while at the same time taking that talent away from division rival Green Bay.
My ultimate man crush draft pick comes with the first of the 3rd round picks. With Toby Gerhart most likely moving on in free agency, the Vikings need a change of pace back to play with All Day. The perfect player to accomplish that and play as a third down back is Rb/Wr/Kr De'Anthony Thomas of Oregon. He is compared by scouts to a poor mans Matt Forte. Never a bad comparison.
What think ye, fellow Norsemen? Am I mad? I tried to keep it as realistic a dream scenario as possible. What would you do in the off-season differently?