Tonight's first round of the NFL Draft could go about five different ways for the Vikings, and while the purple owns the 23rd and 25th picks in the first round whether they use them both or move up or back will be dependent on how crazy things get in front of them.
With needs at inside linebacker, cornerback, defensive line and wide receiver, Rick Spielman and his staff will try to build on the success they had a year ago when they made 10 selections with seven playing huge roles in the 10-6 turn around season. First round tackle Matt Kalil and sixth round Blair Walsh were named to the pro bowl as rookies.
This draft more than any other in recent history lacks star power at the top, but is by draft expert's assumptions "flat" meaning middle round selections will be solid players. A perfect scenario for a Vikings team which have multiple needs and plenty of picks.
Unless Tevon Austin falls in their laps, the thoughts are the Vikings will go defense-defense with only the names and positions as the questions. Most mock drafts have the Vikings selecting a linebacker and a cornerback with the 23rd and 25th picks.
Alec Ogletree and Manti Te'o are the two names most commonly linked to the Vikings at the inside linebacker position. Both have plenty of off the field questions. Te'o has gone as high as 20 to Chicago in some mock drafts. Another name that is creeping into the first round conversation is Kansas State's Arthur Brown.
Xavier Rhodes and Desmond Trufant are two of the cornerbacks that could be available when the Vikings selections both are bigger and more physical cornerbacks but Trufant has the ability to play in the slot if needed.
As the team looks ahead, the defensive line will quickly become a position of need next year when Jared Allen, Brian Robison and Kevin Williams current contracts end. If they decide to draft a defensive lineman, the name most talked about is 6'3' 313 pound North Carolina beast Sylvester Williams.
With the depth of the draft, there is a plausible scenario where the Vikings select one player, then use the other pick to trade back and amass more picks to potentially use to trade up in the second or third round.
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