Spielman: 2 or 3 to take right now

As the Vikings put the finishing touches on their draft board, Rick Spielman said the team has eliminated several dozen players and would be ready to take two or three "right now" if they were available with the 22nd pick.

The Vikings' draft plans are being kept close to the vest, but one thing the public knows: There is a lengthy list of players they won't be taking.

Rick Spielman, the team's vice president of player personnel, said last week that the Vikings had put a "red dot" on 78 players, meaning that for either reasons related to their physical health or something in their background the Vikings will not consider taking them under any circumstance.

Spielman, of course, did not reveal any names on that list. One possibility could be Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin, who has been projected to go to the Vikings with the 22nd overall pick in many mock drafts.

There have been some question marks regarding Harvin's personality and that wasn't helped by the fact he reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine. That report has yet to be confirmed.

While Harvin would add an explosive presence to the Vikings if they did take him with their first-round pick, it appears more likely Minnesota will use that selection on an offensive tackle.

The Vikings have a real need at right tackle and this draft is deep with quality players at tackle. Many of them, however, will be gone by the time the second round starts and waiting could prove to be a bad idea.

While it seems very unlikely the Vikings would try to move up in the draft, there is a chance they could look to stockpile additional picks by dropping down a few selections.

One name that continues to come up in relation to Minnesota is Arizona's Eben Britton, who is 6-6, 310 pounds.

Spielman, however, said there remain multiple draft scenarios that would make the Vikings happy.

"To be honest with you, we're going to be looking at five or six names that we're going to sift out over these next two weeks at that No. 22 spot," Spielman said before adding "there are probably two or three guys there that I would say, ‘If he's there that he's one of those guys we would take right now.'"

NOTES

  • The Vikings had attendance near 95 percent for the first week of their offseason conditioning program and three players who were not present had very good reasons. CB Cedric Griffin, FB Naufahu Tahi and DE Kenechi Udeze are all attending school in an attempt to further their education.

  • Despite having to face the Super Bowl champions Pittsburgh Steelers, the Vikings' schedule shapes up as the second-easiest in the league when it comes to strength of schedule. According to NFL.com, the Vikings' 2009 opponents had a .420 winning percentage (107-148-1) last season and nine of the teams the Vikings will play had losing records in 2008. Only the .414 winning percentage (105-149-2) accumulated by the Chicago Bears' foes is worse.

  • QB Sage Rosenfels, obtained in February from Houston, and wide receiver Sidney Rice continue their negotiations for jersey No. 18. Rice has that number and Rosenfels wants it.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "You don't want to bring in a guy that the coaches don't want. That's where you kind of get into some scenarios that, ‘OK, why don't we want this guy in? Does he fit our offense? Is it the type of character guy (we want)?' That's why I said we do this as a whole ... everybody gets to weigh in their opinions and we decide what's best for the organization and we'll go from there." — Rick Spielman, Vikings vice president of player personnel, on the importance of the coaching staff being on board with the players he wants to draft.


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