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    Vikings Draft 2006

    [size=18px]Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings[/size]

    By Mark Solway
    2006-04-23


    Up next in the team needs features for the draft section are the Minnesota Vikings. THN will be filling in all of the needs’ pages throughout April, so keep checking back for your favorite (or least-favorite) team.

    Minnesota Vikings

    2005 Results: 9-7 (2nd place NFC North)
    2006 Projected Cap Status: $ (as of 03/10/06)

    2005 Season Recap: It was a very tough year for the Vikings considering the sizeable hype that they created in the 2005 offseason. Were expectations too high? Did distractions make it impossible for the Vikings to have a successful season? Was the loss of Daunte Culpepper too much to handle for a team that was now without it's previos stars in Culpepper and Randy Moss?

    The answer is probably that it was all of those things. Truthfully the Vikings fought hard down the stretch and looked like more of a team with Brad Johnson at quarterback. They owned their division opponents going 5-1 albeit against fairly weak competition. Finishing above .500 was a small victory, but a fourth quarter collapse and tough loss to the Ravens in the second last week of the season left the Vikings on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

    Team Needs:

    Linebacker - There are some good players in the Vikings linebacking corps but are they playing that well? Chad Greenway or DeMeco Ryans could be a good fit.

    Cornerback - It was a tough season for Fred Smoot and Antoine Winfield when they were expected to shine. They also lost nickel back Brian Williams in free agency (Jax).

    Quarterback - When you replace Daunte Culpepper with Brad Johnson, and have Mike McMahon and J.T O'Sullivan in the stable, it would be prudent to see how the top three quarterback situation shakes out. It's not a glaring need but if one of the top three fell that far in the draft, it'd be prudent for the Vikes to look to the future despite the probable lack of impact on 2006.

    Running Back - The Vikings have run by committee for a while but they lost Michael Bennett and would love for DeAngelo Williams to still be on the board when they make their first round selection. It might be the best chance for new head coach Brad Childress to add a player that can help right away. Chester Taylor was added so there is no need to reach at the position.

    Wide Receiver - Nate Burleson is out, and a very young corps of receivers may see another addition in search of playmakers. Not a top need but should the best player on the Vikings board be a WR at any pick in the first three rounds, they may bite. And with four picks in the first three rounds, it is a possibility.

    2006 Draft Picks: 1st Round #17, 2nd Round #16 (48), 2nd Round #19 (51), 3rd Round #19 (83), 4th Round #18 (115), 5th Round #16 (149), 6th Round #16 (185)

    Free Agency Status:

    Unrestricted Free Agents: CB Ralph Brown; PK Paul Edinger; QB Shaun Hill; LB Keith Newman; RB Moe Williams; C Cory Withrow.

    Exclusive Rights Free Agents: OG Adam Goldberg.
    Re-signed: RB Joe Echema (formerly Adimchinobi Echemandu); S Willie Offord; WR Koren Robinson.

    Acquired: FB Joey Goodspeed; OG Steve Hutchinson; LB Ben Leber; PK Ryan Longwell; QB Mike McMahon; FB Tony Richardson; DE DeQuincy Scott; RB Chester Taylor; OG Jason Whittle; S Tank Williams.

    Players Lost: RB Michael Bennett; WR Nate Burleson; S Corey Chavous; LB Sam Cowart; QB Daunte Culpepper; OG Toniu Fonoti; C Melvin Fowler; DE Lance Johnstone; LB Raonall Smith; CB Brian Williams.

    This article was released on 2006-04-23.

    Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    Nothing really new there. We also have two 3rd rounders unless I missed something

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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    I'll be happy with the first rounder as long as it's a QB or LB. I'd prefer that they go LB, since I think it's the better choice right now, but if Cutler fell to us at #17 I'd be ok with that too.

    Otherwise, Greenway or Sims, or if they're both gone and no Cutler, trade down a bit and get Bobby Carpenter or Abdul Hodge. They can always get a QB like Jacobs, Whitehurst, or Croyle later.
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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    It would be best to draft for value at all of these positions since I do not think the Vikings are desperate to fill any one hole. With linebacker being such a deep position in this year's draft, I don't think it is imperitive to use the 17 on an LB. We could get a CB to seal up the defensive backfield because I don't think DBs are as strong later in the draft.
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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    1 - 17 - Ernie Sims - OLB - Florida State
    2 - 48 - Davin Joseph - OG - Oklahoma
    2 - 51 - Omar Jacobs - QB - Bowling Green
    3 - 83 - Brian Calhoun - RB - Wisconsin
    3 - 95 - Dee Webb - CB - Florida
    4 - 115 - Hank Baskett - WR - New Mexico
    5 - 149 - Greg Blue - S - Georgia
    6 - 185 - Domato Peko - DT - Michigan State

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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    Calhoun is gonna be a bust..


    Calhoun= Bennett

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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    "ZDoy379" wrote:
    1 - 17 - Ernie Sims - OLB - Florida State
    2 - 48 - Davin Joseph - OG - Oklahoma
    2 - 51 - Omar Jacobs - QB - Bowling Green
    3 - 83 - Brian Calhoun - RB - Wisconsin
    3 - 95 - Dee Webb - CB - Florida
    4 - 115 - Hank Baskett - WR - New Mexico
    5 - 149 - Greg Blue - S - Georgia
    6 - 185 - Domato Peko - DT - Michigan State

    i like that pick

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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    RB Joe Echema (formerly Adimchinobi Echemandu)


    Why did he change his name? Has anyone else heard of this change other then right now?

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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    "VikesfaninWis" wrote:
    RB Joe Echema (formerly Adimchinobi Echemandu)


    Why did he change his name? Has anyone else heard of this change other then right now?
    Yep! He changed it awhile ago.

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    Re: Team Draft Needs: Minnesota Vikings

    "VikesfaninWis" wrote:
    RB Joe Echema (formerly Adimchinobi Echemandu)


    Why did he change his name? Has anyone else heard of this change other then right now?

    I posted it a month ago but I have seen him refered to both ways and some combinations, it is a bit confusing.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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