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12-21-2010, 02:26 PM
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Ultimate Offseason Pipe Dream!!!!

Mainly because I'm bored of the doom and gloom and wanted to have fun...

The Minnesota Vikings jettison all members of the current coaching staff and look to bring in a refreshing attitude as the players seem to be getting too comfortable with the current staff.


Enter Jeff Fisher. He's a proven coach at the NFL level and respected league wide. If let go by the Titans, he'll be many team's #1 option if he wishes to immediately jump to another team.

Players Moving On
Brett Favre -- Retirement
Jim Kleinsasser -- Retirement
Steve Hutchinson -- Cut
Bernard Berrian -- Cut
Madieu Williams -- Cut
Ray Edwards -- Free Agent
Ben Leber -- Free Agent
Tarvaris Jackson -- Free Agent
Naufahu Tahi -- Free Agent
Fred Evans -- Free Agent
Lito Sheppard -- Free Agent
Eric Frampton -- Free Agent
Greg Lewis -- Free Agent


Players Re-signed
Sidney Rice
Chad Greenway
Ryan Longwell
Brian Robison
Erin Henderson
Husain Abdullah
Lorenzo Booker

Free Agency


This is waaayyyy, way out there; but Peyton Manning is indeed a free agent. If for some reason he would want to test the market; he'd have many suitors. Playing on a team with Adrian Peterson may be an attractive option. The Vikings offer Peyton the largest contract ever signed in the NFL to come play in Minnesota and open Zygi's new stadium in a few seasons... (I did say pipe dream in the title; RIGHT?)


Like the Vikings, the Saints have a few contract issues to shore up here and there. Goodwin's a solid center and given the market may be extremely thin along the offensive line, he decides to test the market and the Vikings are quick to snatch him up.

2011 NFL Draft

TRADE: The Vikings should be picking around #10 Overall. They jump back into the early 20's and pick up another 2nd round selection, as well as a 4th round pick in the process.

1st Round

Boston College
6'7" 300 lbs
Castonzo is ideal tackle prospect. He's got the frame and quickness you'd look for in molding a guy you feel could be a staple to your offensive line for years. He's a bit on the light-side for his frame so he's not your ideal plug in and play offensive tackle prospect. Given a year with a NFL training staff as well as established players in front of him, he should have some time to get accustomed to the NFL game.

2nd Round

Villanova
6'4" 320 lbs
Ijalana is a dominating left tackle at a small football school like Villanova. As he enters the NFL, it's expected he'll need to slide inside and play guard. Ijalana has a good bit of athleticism to go along with his big frame. He's got a lot of power in the running game but isn't fully developed as a pass blocker. But, he is being evaluated as tackle where he's working in much more space against more speed.

2nd Round

North Carolina
6'2" 210 lbs
Williams came to North Carolina and was converted to safety and you'll see it in his play. He has a nose for the ball and the hands to haul it in. He's got great speed to play a deep center field and be able to cover most areas. His backpedal is a bit unrefined at this stage but he's worth the shot here given his talent and the Vikings' needs.

TRADE: Vikings trade the 4th acquired in their earlier trade and a 5th round pick to move into the 3rd Round.

3rd Round

Nevada
6'1" 245 lbs
Moch is likely most explosive and biggest physical freak in this entire draft. Which will likely mean when things are all said and done, he won't be here. Moch plays defensive end at Nevada but figures to move back to linebacker which he originally was when he entered Nevada. My plan would be to use him as a bit of a rover and blitz him from any and everywhere from the linebacker position. He knows how to find his way to the quarterback.

4th Round

North Carolina
6'2" 214 lbs
If you read my previous mock, Little was in that one as well. This kid is first round talent. But given the depth at the reciever position this year in addition to Little being suspended all season, it's likely he'll take quite the tumble. Vikings take advantage and put him opposite Sidney Rice and create a good trio of receivers.

6th Round

Ohio State
6'1" 200 lbs
Torrence is another former receiver. He's got the hands in the secondary that the team is missing. He'll be a bit of a project but at his size and his ball skills, it's worth it here. At this point, he's raw in man to man but knows how to go up after the ball. Just has a difficult time staying with his man. In the zone is where he excels where he can see the play in front of him. He's a willing and solid tackler.

7th Round

Texas A&M
6'5" 245lbs
There was a time when Johnson was getting looks for the Heisman in the pre-season. He was even viewed by some as one of the better quarterbacks in this draft. And then his 2010 season happened. He played poorly and was benched. Johnson has the ability to make nearly any throw but his technique and mechanics are very raw. He'll be a practice squad guy somewhere in hopes that he can figure it out. He's a great kid and teammate.

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