As the Vikings bunker down to settle their draft board, it goes far beyond trying to determine what six players will be gone before they make their first selection. It goes 250 players or more deep – players they have targeted on the first round all the way down to those they will target as undrafted free agents.
Some might ask how many players deep do the Vikings have to go at each position? For the purpose of discussion, look at last season. What follows is a list of how many players by position were taken in the 2006 draft. For example, under quarterback, the list looks something like this: 3-2-2-0-2-2-1-12. Translation? Three QBs in the first round, two in the second, etc. for a total of 12 QBs. Here is the list by position:
Quarterback – 3-2-2-0-2-2-1 – 12
Running Back/Fullback – 4-2-2-2-2-3-2 – 17
Wide Receiver – 1-4-5-9-2-5-7 – 33
Tight End – 2-3-3-2-4-1-2 – 17
Offensive Tackle – 1-5-3-3-4-3-1 – 20
Guard – 1-1-1-4-3-3-8 – 20
Center – 1-2-1-0-0-2-3 – 9
Defensive End – 4-1-3-3-5-2-3 – 21
Defensive Tackle – 3-0-2-4-3-7-4 – 23
Inside Linebacker – 0-1-4-3-2-0-2 – 12
Outside Linebacker – 5-3-3-0-3-1-4 – 19
Cornerback – 5-4-2-1-2-4-5 – 23
Safety – 2-4-2-4-4-4-4 – 24
Specialists – 0-0-0-1-0-2-1 – 4
So when you wonder why so few players at a specific position have been taken early, don't worry. By the time the draft is done, about 20 players for most positions will end up being drafted. It's just a matter of how high the group will start going off the board as compared to one another.
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