Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Minnesota Vikings [full archive here].
Season Recap: After an offseason trade for Donovan McNabb, there was hope McNabb had enough in the tank to take the team to the playoffs. Well, his year in Washington proved to be no fluke as he led the team to a 1-5 record to start the season. Rookie quarterback Christian Ponder was given the starting job and managed to win only one more game the remainder of the season. Ponder did show some promise though, and it is now up to GM Rick Spielman to surround him with more talent.
1. Left Tackle: A young quarterback like Christian Ponder needs a good left tackle to protect his blindside. Enter Matt Kalil- the top offensive lineman in the draft, with potential all-pro talent. Kalil starts from day one and serves as Ponder’s personal protector for the next 10 years.
2. Cornerback: The Vikings compete in the NFC North against Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford, and Jay Cutler- all elite quarterbacks who LOVE airing the ball out. The Vikings need a number one cornerback to match up against all those weapons. Morris Claiborne could be an option in the first round, but Minnesota will most likely wait until the second round and select Trumaine Johnson, Brandon Boykin, or Josh Robinson.
3. Wide Receiver: There’s been a hole at receiver since the day Sidney Rice left for Seattle. The Vikings need to find another weapon opposite of Percy Harvin, who was one of the only targets Ponder had during his rookie season. This is a deep receiver class, and the Vikings can grab Brian Quick, Alshon Jeffrey, or Mohamed Sanu in the second or third round.