Needs: QB, WR, TE, OL
True: the Vikings would win more games if they played the entire season without a quarterback and just directly snapped every down to RB Adrian Peterson. However, the Vikings do start a quarterback, and they all suck. That is their first need, but don’t expect any of the top QBs to be available here. Instead, look for the Vikings to help out their QBs (which will be Tavaris Jackson or Gus Ferotte) with some receivers. The Viks should be looking at offense on this first round pick, their defense is solid at every level.
Choice #1: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
Heyward-Bey was the talk of NFL Combine after he ran a 4.3 forty, which was the fastest in the draft among all receivers. Heyward-Bey has the physical tools to become a monster in the NFL, at 6 foot 2 and 206 pounds, however scouts have questioned his route running skills. The Vikings don’t have that star receiver and haven’t had one since Randy Moss departed some years ago. Heyward-Bey played in a similar offense at Maryland that favored running the ball, which could make the transition to the Vikings easier.
Choice #2: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
If the Vikings think Heyward-Bey is too much like the former Vikings top ten draft bust Troy Williamson, they could go after the big tight end prospect, Brandon Pettigrew. Pettigrew would be a great fit in the Vikings offense because he is a big target for a young quarterback and is an excellent blocker. No matter who the Vikings draft or pick up, it is obvious they will be running the ball a lot. Pettigrew would be a smart choice at the 22nd spot because he can aid the run game and be a receiver.