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    NFL Offseason Roadmap: Minnesota Vikings

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    Posted Jan 23rd 2008 7:46AM
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    Re: NFL Offseason Roadmap: Minnesota Vikings

    Good read, if they take care of #1 on that list, and get a real receiver that'll be a real threat out there, that should take care of #2. As for #3 i really, really, really, hope they move up whatever they need to in the draft to get Phillips
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    Re: NFL Offseason Roadmap: Minnesota Vikings

    I still maintain that getting more out of the DL in terms of a pass rush is a bigger need than any changes to the secondary.
    There is decent help out there in the FA market as far as WR goes (Bryant Johnson, DJ Hackett), maybe at DE as well depending on whether Suggs or Jared Allen get franchised.
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    Re: NFL Offseason Roadmap: Minnesota Vikings

    "purplepat" wrote:
    I still maintain that getting more out of the DL in terms of a pass rush is a bigger need than any changes to the secondary.
    There is decent help out there in the FA market as far as WR goes (Bryant Johnson, DJ Hackett), maybe at DE as well depending on whether Suggs or Jared Allen get franchised.
    That would be a pretty good statement if we weren't loosing 3 out of our 5 safeties during the offseason.

    21 Michael Doss S 26 5-10 207 5


    FA, team has shown no indication they will resign him.
    37 Eric Frampton S 23 5-11 205 R
    42 Darren Sharper S 32 6-2 210 11
    24 Dwight Smith S 29 5-10 201 7


    He will at least miss 4 games because of his latest off field incident.
    25 Tank Williams S 27 6-3 223 6


    FA, team has shown no indication they will resign him.

    Do you feel comfortable going into the season with Frampton and Sharper?
    I sure don't and barring a couple of guys on this list, I don't like what is gonna be available after every team resigns the players that they want to keep.

    1. Bob Sanders Indianapolis Signed Contract Extension
    2. Ken Hamlin Dallas

    3. Madieu Williams Cincinnati

    4. Eugene Wilson N.E. Patriots

    5. Gibril Wilson N.Y. Giants

    6. Von Hutchins Houston (CB)

    7. Deke Cooper Carolina

    8. Chris Crocker Atlanta

    9. Erik Coleman New York Jets

    10. Nick Ferguson Denver

    11. Yeremiah Bell Miami injured reserve
    12. Sammy Knight Jacksonville

    13. Tank Williams Minnesota

    14. Idrees Bashir Detroit

    15. Mike Doss Minnesota

    16. Glen Earl Houston injured reserve
    17. Keith Davis Dallas

    18 Pierson Prioleau Washington

    19. Donnie Nickey Tennessee

    20. Will Demps Houston

    21. Gerome Sapp Baltimore

    22. Marquand Manuel Green Bay

    23. Oliver Celestin
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    With that said, I still put DE and WR up high on the list but you gotta also think that S is right up there as well.
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    Re: NFL Offseason Roadmap: Minnesota Vikings

    The DL has as much to do with pass defense as the secondary....... a solid pass rush will make our young corp of CB's look far better.


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    Re: NFL Offseason Roadmap: Minnesota Vikings

    "ThorSPL" wrote:
    The DL has as much to do with pass defense as the secondary....... a solid pass rush will make our young corp of CB's look far better.
    I agree but the CB part of the secondary isn't what concerns me.
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    Re: NFL Offseason Roadmap: Minnesota Vikings

    but even if they don't Minnesota must acquire a better backup quarterback than the motley crew they've relied on the past two years.
    True Dat!

    I'm not so sure D.Smith will be gone...we haven't heard any more about his situation, and there is still an off chance, he can get the charges dropped.
    Its not like he failed a drug test yet, so the suspension probably hinges on how guilty he is found in court.

    As for Kenny Philips, I saw yesterday that Mayock now has him rated as the second best Safety prospect, behind the declaring junior, DaJuan Morgan, a playmaker somebody here mentioned last week from NC State.
    Maybe one of them will make it to No.17.


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    Re: NFL Offseason Roadmap: Minnesota Vikings

    From the article:
    The Vikings passing problems weren't entirely because of quarterback problems. Minnesota boasted one of the worst groups of wide receivers in the NFL. Bobby Wade led the team with only 54 catches, while no other Vikings wideout had more than 400 yards all season
    Ahhhhh, isn't that somewhat due to the fact that the Vikings were a running first, pass second team. The entire offense was keyed around their run game. The pass blocking was terrible most of the season and we had an inexperienced QB. So why blame it on the receivers. Even if we had Moss we would have been near the bottom of the list in receptions.
    I got to agree with Marrdro, there are far greater needs than a WR. It starts up from with a pass blocking line and then good safeties.
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    Re: NFL Offseason Roadmap: Minnesota Vikings

    "Marrdro" wrote:
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    The DL has as much to do with pass defense as the secondary....... a solid pass rush will make our young corp of CB's look far better.
    I agree but the CB part of the secondary isn't what concerns me.
    A lockdown cover cornerback with exceptional talent would allow more man coverage and blitzing, which in theory, should increase pressure. I doubt there will be an exceptional blue chip cover corner available when we pick.
    I favor a young saftey, but not with the first pick.

    I'm not advocating the release of Erasmus James. But both he and Williamson need replaced with this draft and or free agency period.

    The offense needs the most help and we need a receiver that can stretch the field and draw double coverage.

    So I place my priorities for the off season aquisition period in this order of importance.

    1. Wide Receiver
    Need a number one here with speed and hands.
    2. Defensive End
    Need a pass rushing specialist
    3. Safety






    with speed
    4. Offensive Lineman
    Need some quality depth
    5. Quarterback

    Need to upgrade our backup QB situation
    6. Cornerback ?

    Special teams performed well last year but I think they could improve their coverage and especially their return blocking. So hopefully a couple of the new draftees will be good special teams players.
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    Re: NFL Offseason Roadmap: Minnesota Vikings

    I really do not think secondary talent is an issue.

    IMO, Sharper, Smith(if he's still around, but I'd still rather have Phillips), Winfield, Griffin, and McCauley are all tremendously talented players. But no matter how talented the secondary is, if the QB has all day in the pocket due to a lack of a pass rush, and throws 40 passes a game against us, they're going to look bad.

    I would have no qualms about not drafting a playmaking safety like Kenny Phillips if we took a consistent pass rushing defensive end. However, the free agent market has a few proven, very disruptive, consistent pass rushers available for the right(albeit) high price.

    So if we address the need at defensive end(and I feel going by team need in FA is better than in the draft, but our team has some truly glaring needs, DE, WR, and if Smith is released Safety) So addressing one in Free Agency, one in the first round, and one in the second round would plug all of our holes(I'm sure Cajun will say something about that one).

    If we play our cards right this offseason I don't see how we wouldn't compete for NFC supremacy in 2008.

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