The off-season came much quicker than the Minnesota Vikings organization may have expected, and the team has been quick to note they must improve on the defensive side of the ball. Throughout these early stages of the off-season, the Vikings personnel evaluators and head coach Mike Tice have spent a significant amount of time breaking down the team roster.
Improvement on the defensive side of the ball is the direction and priority of the Vikings. Struggling against the rush and susceptible in the passing game, Tice is seeking athleticism and depth along the defensive line, as the team looks to improve the league's 23rd-ranked defense in the NFL.
With veteran Chris Hovan and 2003 first-round draft selection Kevin Williams teaming to lead a potentially formidable defensive line, the Vikings are looking to add a defensive tackle or defensive end. While the Vikings believe Williams was much more consistent once settling in at defensive tackle in his rookie season, the team has discussed the potential he possess as a defensive end, due to his strength and quickness.
Tice, in Mobile, Ala., scouting the Senior Bowl, spent a good portion of the morning observing the defensive linemen from the Senior Bowl North team. Scribbling notes throughout the session, Tice locked in on defensive tackles Tim Anderson of Ohio State and Isaac Sopoaga of Hawaii. But, the focal interest of Tice was Notre Dame defensive end Darrell Campbell. Impressive throughout the morning session, Campbell has caught the eye of numerous personnel evaluators in the early portion of the practice sessions, as Tice was an intent observer.
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