The Minnesota Vikings have eight picks in the NFL Draft with their first pick at No. 48 overall, in the second round.
Things will be strange in the Twin Cities this year with running back Adrian Peterson not with the Vikings anymore. An injury-filled 2016 season led the organization to part ways with Peterson, and with two weeks until the draft, he was still looking for a new address.
The Vikings believe Bradford will be comfortable with a full offseason working with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who took over the job when Norv Turner mysteriously departed during the 2016 season.
Here is a look at the Vikings' five-year draft record with roster tallies reflecting totals as of the end of the 2016 season. Below that are key personnel moves made this year and the team's current needs heading into this draft and our projection for all their 2017 picks.
FIVE-YEAR DRAFT BREAKDOWN
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .2012 . .2013 . .2014 . .2015 . .2016
TOTAL PICKS . . . . .10 . . . . . .9 . . . .10 . . . .10 . . . .8
STARTERS . . . . . .2 . . . . . .3 . . . . .3 . . . . .2 . . . .0
BACKUPS . . . . .3 . . . . . .1 . . . . .4 . . . . .5 . . . .7
OTHER TEAMS . . .2 . . . . .2 . . . . .1 . . . . .0 . . . . .0
OUT OF LEAGUE . .3 . . . . .3 . . . . .2 . . . . .3 . . .1
Top three draft needs
1. Right guard: Head coach Mike Zimmer said at the league meetings that he has four starters he's comfortable with on the offensive line before adding, "We got to figure out the right guard position." The Vikings released Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris, the starters at the position in recent years. Fusco, who rose from late-round pick to earn a lucrative long-term deal a couple years ago, became a major disappointment because of injuries and ineffective play.
2. Running back: Even after signing Latavius Murray to help fill the hole left by Adrian Peterson's departure, the Vikings are eager to tap into the deep pool of talented, versatile runners available in this year's draft. The Vikings have only shifty, third-down back Jerick McKinnon as a reliable backup at this point. The other running backs on the roster are C.J. Ham, who didn't play as a rookie free agent a year ago, and Bishop Sankey, a third-year pro who played in 29 games for the Titans from 2014-15, but didn't play a game while with the Chiefs a year ago.
3. Punter: Taylor Symmank or Ryan Quigley will be the team's punter at this point after Jeff Locke signed with the Colts. Locke, who also was the holder on place-kicks, was inconsistent, but Symmank, an undrafted rookie a year ago, has yet to punt in a NFL game. The Vikings will be looking to add some competition at the position.
2/48: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma (6-1, 228, 4.45)
3/79: Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego State (6-4, 319, 5.28)
3/86: Blair Brown, LB, Ohio (5-11, 238, 4.65)
4/121: Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois (6-3, 264, 4.77)
4/129: Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota (5-10, 200, 4.28)
5/160: Jeremiah Ledbetter, DL, Arkansas (6-3, 280, 4.78)
6/199: Aviante Collins, T/G, TCU (6-4, 295, 4.77)
7/232: Austin Rehkow, kicker/punter, Idaho (6-3, 214, 4.84)
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--Frank Cooney and TSX NFL team insiders contributed to this analysis.