On the Clock: Minnesota Vikings

March, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Team needs: Right tackle, receiver, quarterback

 
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  Michael Oher, if he falls to No. 22, would be an immediate starter at tackle for the Vikings.
Dream scenario: This draft offers a deep pool of tackles, but the No. 22 pick could end up to be no-man's land for the position. It's likely too low for any of the top three tackles -- Baylor's Jason Smith, Virginia's Eugene Monroe and Mississippi's Michael Oher -- and possibly too high for a second tier that includes Alabama's Andre Smith and Arizona's Eben Britton. Smith's status as a pure left tackle doesn't help Minnesota, anyway. So in a dream scenario, Oher would slip low enough for the Vikings either to draft at No. 22 or trade up a few spots to grab. That move would give the Vikings an immediate starter at perhaps the weakest position on their offense.

Plan B: If the draft shakes out the way it's currently projected, the Vikings might need to shift gears to receiver. They already attempted to upgrade the situation, but free agent T.J. Houshmandzadeh signed with Seattle instead. It's likely that several, if not all, of the draft's top receivers will be available at No. 22 overall. The Vikings will likely have their pick of two of the following three players: Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey, Florida's Percy Harvin and North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks.

Scouts Inc. take: I think Hakeem Nicks makes a lot of sense in the first round. He's a guy that is versatile and you can even play him out of the backfield. You pair him with Adrian Peterson and you have to really big, versatile threats. The Vikings' quarterback situation concerns me and that's something they need to address. But I do think that giving another option to a guy like Sage Rosenfels or even Tarvaris Jackson, who I think is still trying to learn the system. Having a guy that runs routes where the quarterbacks can get the ball out of his hands quickly is a good thing. -- Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc.

Who has final say: Rick Spielman enters his third draft as the Vikings' vice president of player personnel. Spielman works alongside coach Brad Childress but has authority over draft-day decisions. Ten of his 13 draft choices remain on the roster.

Now on the clock: Philadelphia Eagles, March 26.

Previous On the Clock: New England Patriots. The team-by-team series.

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