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How They Got Here

Despite a devastating injury to young star Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings started out 5-0 on the season, thanks to a stingy defense and an efficient offense. Heading into their week six bye, the Vikings looked posed to run the NFC North and be serious competitors. But coming out of the bye, the wheels came off the bus. Minnesota went on to a 3-8 record after the bye, with an embarrassing loss to the Bears, and a 28 point drubbing at the hand of the Colts. There was also a short but notable mutiny by the secondary against head coach Mike Zimmer. A turnaround may be difficult since Minnesota shipped off their first round pick to acquire Sam Bradford this past season.

Offensive Line

With the entire offensive line being a question for the Vikings, answers are scarce for this group. A realistic 2nd round pick could be Western Kentucky’s Forrest Lamp. Lamp is an undersized tackle for the NFL, but has the skill set to play there in a pinch. Minnesota could look to shuffle the entire O line which could provide Lamp an opportunity to make a push for a spot. A 3rd or later round pick and plug player could be Pat Elflein, from Ohio State. Elflein could be a solid replacement or rotational player in the near future. - Customized NFL Gear

Running Back

With long time work horse Adrian Peterson‘s future in question, Minnesota may release or rework his contract to avoid his scheduled $18 million payout. The Vikings may look to add depth in a mid round back with big play and special teams capability. Curtis Samuel from Ohio State could fill the void that has been ever since Percy Harvin forced his way out. Minnesota could also look to take Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine to fill the same every down back role that Peterson has had since his entry to the league.

Minnesota can look to contend if they can pull off a strong offseason.