Vikings Listening to No. 7 Offers

The Vikings are finalizing their priorities for the draft, but that could change with one phone call.

The Vikings held their final pre-draft press conference and said they are happy with the No. 7 selection. But that could all change.

Mike Tice, Frank Gilliam and Scott Studwell met with assembled Twin Cities media Wednesday and admitted that they have already received calls from three teams looking to move up into the Vikings No. 7 spot.

However, as it stands right now, the Vikes are content to stay at No. 7 and take either OT Mike Williams if he is still available or DT Ryan Sims, who the Vikings are convinced is the best fit of the top defensive tackles in the draft.

However, the story doesn't end there. VU has been told that one team that has contacted the Vikings is Oakland, which holds picks at Nos. 21 and 23 in the first round and the second round. The Raiders have apparently offered both first-round picks, but it may take those and one of the second-rounders to get the Vikings interested.

That may be enough to get the Vikings to make a move downward. While Gilliam told VU that he isn't looking for quantity over quality, the Vikings are looking for starters in this year's draft and have stated they're looking at the draft to help out at offensive tackle, defensive tackle, safety and wide receiver. Five picks in the first 71 selections could go a long way to helping solve that problem, but a super blue-chip player may be the route the Vikings follow.

THURSDAY NOTES
* Willie Howard's recovery from a serious knee injury is coming along well and the Vikings expect to have him back by September.
* Cris Carter's career isn't dead yet. We've been told he's scheduled a meeting with the Miami Dolphins for after the draft, but coach Dave Wannstedt isn't optimistic a deal can be reached.
* The Vikings still haven't reached a deal with TE Hunter Goodwin, but if one is to be signed, it may happen as early as today. If a deal isn't struck by Friday, the Vikings may look elsewhere.
* Tice expects Byron Chamberlain to have a big season offensively, because the Vikings are going to revert to a lot of two-tight end, one-RB sets and, in those situations, Chamberlain will be a primary receiver on almost all pass plays.

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