The final installment of a nine-part look at the Vikings draft. A closer look the key issues confronting first-year head coach Leslie Frazier as the draft fast approaches. Updated Apr. 28, 2011
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Yep, no need to step forward, folks. We all got it pretty much figured out, don't we? After what seemed like only 287 months of pre-draft hype, we are exhaust..., er, ready to roll!
Cam Newton goes No. 1 to Carolina. Blaine Gabbert goes No. 7 to San Francisco. And former No. 1 prospect Da'Quan Bowers goes in the 10th round of the UFL because somewhere there's a guy who knows a guy who heard another guy say Bowers is slower than Oprah and this close to having his right leg amputated just above the meniscus.
Erin Henderson (right)
Only one player, Erin Henderson, showed up at Winter Park, and he stayed only a few minutes as the team remained shut down.
Marcus Sherels (right)
Brooks Bollinger and Gus Frerotte
The Vikings are the only team in the NFC North that doesn't have a long-term answer at the most important position on the field.
A.J. Green of Georgia is a cinch to be a top-10 pick, and Julio Jones of Alabama has seen his stock go up. This is an area of need for the Vikings.
FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2010 file photo, Texas A&M's Von Miller (40) p...
Alabama running back Mark Ingram (22) fought his way for extra yards against Kentucky in 2008.
The first video in a series of six draft previews focuses on linebackers.
Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph
A look at the defensive end and tackle position. Will the Vikings need to find replacements for Pat Williams and Ray Edwards in the upcoming draft? It's looking that way.
Vikings Sidney Rice pulls in a 6 yard TD pass from Tarvaris Jackson in...
Sidney Rice's status as a free agent complicates matters for the Vikings at wide receiver, a position they'll need to strengthen in the offseason.
Cedric Griffin (left)
A look at the Vikings' situation in the defensive backfield. Hoping for the best, like a healthy and productive Cedric Griffin, is OK, but beefing up in the defensive backfield is the prudent plan of action.
The Vikings position-by-position draft preview continues with a closer look at the linebackers. Will Ben Leber, an unrestricted free agent once the labor deal is settled, be back?
The first in a nine part series looking at the Vikings various needs. A closer look at Ryan Longwell, an unrestricted free agent when a new CBA is reached.
The Vikings could use their first-round pick on any one of five positions.
Leslie Frazier declined to confirm he went to private workouts for QBs Christian Ponder or Cam Newton.
|Minnesota - LP: V. Worley||3||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: P. Maholm||8|
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||7||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: B. Parnell||4|
|Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu||9||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta||2|
|Oakland - LP: J. Parker||1||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: R. Wolf||3|
|Arizona - LP: T. Cahill||1||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa||4|
|Washington - WP: T. Clippard||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: J. Affeldt||1|
|Tampa Bay - LP: C. Ramos||3||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: A. Loup||4|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija||0||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano||1|
|Detroit - WP: J. Verlander||11||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: U. Jimenez||7|
|NY Yankees - LP: H. Kuroda||3||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: J. Hammel||6|
|Seattle - LP: B. Maurer||1||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: C. Wilson||7|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Lee||3||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: K. Slowey||0|
|Boston - WP: C. Buchholz||6||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: H. Santiago||2|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Shields||1||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: J. Lyles||3|
|St. Louis - WP: T. Lyons||5||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: B. Smith||3|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon|