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Minnesota Vikings (12th)

Quarterback: Brett Favre‘s time in the NFL looks like it is finally over.  Favre was banged up the whole season and had to sit out the final weeks of the year.  Joe Webb replaced him and lost two games but upset the Eagles in Philadelphia.  Will the Vikes keep Webb, sign a free agent, or pick the quarterback of the future in this year’s draft?  If they chose the last option, Jake Locker could be the selection.  Locker may have been the first pick last year but decided to stay another year at Washington.  His stock fell this year but he still is a potential first round pick.  Locker has amazing athleticism for being 6’3, 230.  Ryan Mallett should still be available and his big arm along with trading down to select Heisman winner, Cam Newton, are other options at quarterback.

Safety: The Vikings gave up numerous big plays throughout the season and ranked 23rd in the league in pass defense.  Madieu Williams, the safety, took most of the blame.  There has been a lot of speculation that the Vikings would cut him but recent reports tell another story.  Still, drafting a safety wouldn’t be a bad idea for Minny.  UCLA safety Rahim Moore is the best safety in this year’s draft and may be available in the second round.  Rahim Moore has decent size at 6’1, 200 and has incredible durability as he never missed a game at UCLA.

Offensive Line: Brett Favre was under pressure from the opponent’s defense the whole season.  The Vikings need to upgrade and add more depth on the line for 2011.  Florida’s Mike Pouncey played guard before moving over to center after his brother left for the draft.  The Vikings could move him back to guard and should be able to draft him in the first round.  Southern Cal’s TyRon Smith is regarded as the best tackle in the draft.  Being fans of the Lions, we already know a lot about Smith.  The question is if Smith will still be available at the 12th pick.

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