Pre-Draft Needs: RB, CB, DT, DE, C, OLT
Round 2-Chris Cook/CB - With starting CB Cedric Griffin coming back from an ACL injury and with veteran CB Antoine Winfield turning 33 next month, adding a young cornerback became a priority. The addition of Cook may be a sign that second-year CB Asher Allen isn't ready to take a significant step this season.
Round 2-Toby Gerhart/RB - With veteran RB Chester Taylor signing with the Chicago Bears, a big need opened up behind starting RB Adrian Peterson. Gerhart is a power runner, who is capable of handling a passing down role if needed.
Round 4-Everson Griffen/DE - The Vikings needed to add one more defensive end for depth purposes, so the rookie will fill that need. Griffen is a nice value, but there's a reason why he dropped. He had an inconsistent motor.
Round 5-Chris DeGeare/G - Depth certainly has been an area for concern at guard for a while with the Vikings, so DeGeare will have a good chance to make the team if he has a strong preseason.
Round 5-Nathan Triplett/LB - He'll get a chance to push Jasper Brinkley for a roster spot at MLB. The more Brinkley had to play last season, the more he got exposed.
Round 6-Joe Webb/WR - The former collegiate quarterback will transition to wide receiver at the next level. Webb really opened some eyes during Senior Bowl practices in January when he played receiver. He has excellent size and runs well for his size. Webb is a very solid developmental prospect.
Round 7-Mickey Shuler/TE - This position wasn't really a need. Shuler is probably a candidate for the practice squad.
Round 7-Ryan D'Imperio/FB - He played linebacker for his entire collegiate career, but will transition to fullback. The Vikings have been looking to find a fullback with athleticism for a while, so if D'Imperio can fill that role, his chances of making the final roster out of the preseason will increase.
Defensive Tackle - Starter Pat Williams turns 38 in October and the team has
no viable replacement for him.
Offensive Left Tackle - Starter Bryant McKinnie hasn't always made the best decisions off the field. McKinnie's play has been inconsistent of the past few seasons, so it remains to be seen if the team believes he's the long-term answer left tackle.
Center - It's now abundantly clear that the coaching staff believes third-year C John Sullivan has done well enough that they don't believe that upgrading that position is a priority. However, personnel evaluators around the league believe that Sullivan is a below average starter. Time will tell which side is correct.