The Minnesota Vikings’ biggest needs heading into the 2015 draft
The Vikings' offensive line as a whole could use an upgrade, and tackle is a deep position in 2015 draft. Stanford's Andrus Peat, Pittsburgh's T.J. Clemmings, Miami's Ereck Flowers, and Florida's D.J. Humphries are all big-name prospects that the Vikings could look into with the 11th overall pick or their second-rounder.
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With the loss of Vladimir Ducasse, the Vikings must choose his replacement carefully. Florida State's Tre' Jackson and Josue Matias, Alabama's Arie Kouandjio and Arizona State's Jamil Douglas are all md-round options and good fits for offensive coordinator Norv Turner and QB Teddy Bridgewater.
The Vikings traded a fifth-round pick for former Dolphin Mike Wallace and Miami's seventh-rounder. Wallace's talent and presence in the lineup is a boon for a position that was not very strong for Minnesota in 2014. If Cordarrelle Patterson can't grasp the offense or stay on coach Mike Zimmer's good side, though, it's still a trouble position for the Vikings. Third-option Charles Johnson is a budding star, but the Vikings could use someone to fill in at slot for the time being. USC's Nelson Agholor, East Carolina's Justin Hardy and Nebraska's Kenny Bell are options later in the draft.
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Oregon's Hroniss Grasu, Auburn's Reese Dismukes, Kansas State's B.J. Finney, Miami's Shane McDermott and Mississippi State's Dillon Day are all center prospect the Vikings could nab in the draft. Minnesota has needs all along the offensive line as well as the flexibility to pick and choose solid ones to satisfy those needs. After veteran John Sullivan, center is a largely anonymous position for the Vikings.
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The LB corps is the weakest area of the Vikings' defense heading into the draft. Audie Cole and Anthony Barr are both studs, but thereafter it's nothing special. The 2015 draft will offer Minnesota many options, including OLB prospects Clemson's Vic Beasley, Washington's Shaq Thompson and Virginia's Eli Harold. Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney and UCLA's Eric Kendricks stand out at inside linebacker.
Adrian Peterson's dramatic relationship with the team has been a very loud offseason headline for Minnesota. The Vikings re-signed Matt Asiata and still have Jerick McKinnon, but running back could use an upgrade whether Peterson stays or goes. They don't need to go too high and grab first-round talents like Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon or Georgia's Todd Gurley, but second-tier prospects like Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, Boise State's Jay Ajayi or Miami's Duke Johnson could be worth a flier.