Draft Looking Offensive

As the clock continues to tick down, it's looking more and more like the Vikings might have their choice of players at the seventh pick ... if they want to take a defensive player.

As pro days wind down and free agency slows to a crawl, the Vikings could easily find themselves in position to be the first team to take a defensive player in the 2005 draft -- if that's what they choose to do.

It would appear that the first three choices are scripted and almost destined to go to the teams that currently hold them -- the 49ers, Dolphins and Browns. The Niners and Browns seemed locked into taking quarterbacks, while the Dolphins are almost certain to take a running back at No. 2.

From No. 4 on, the trade talks will heat up on draft day, which will complicate things for the Vikings. But, if the teams in front of them stay where they are, the Bears are almost assured of taking the top running back left on their board or WR Braylon Edwards. The same is true of the Bucs at No. 5. And if both running backs go at Nos. 4 and 5, it will be hard for Tennessee to pass on Edwards.

So what do you end up with? The Vikings picking at No. 7 with three RBs, two QBs and one WR off the board -- giving them the option of taking the No. 2 wide receiver of their liking or any defensive player they choose. When is the last time something like that happened?

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