The acquisition of left guard Steve Hutchinson had a positive effect on the run game, but the team is hoping to see their investment payoff in a bigger way in coming seasons. On the right side of the offensive line, improvements can be made, and the team may look for an upgrade over guard Artis Hicks. The position also lacks depth, so even if Hicks keeps his job as a starter, the team will want to bring in support.
The Vikings have Brooks Bollinger and Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback, but the team may not be ready to hand the team over to either player. Jackson is likely the future at the position, but he may not be ready to run the offense just yet. Jackson showed impressive flashes in limited playing time last season, but the team will probably still need another arm to at least serve as insurance or to be a stop-gap starter for a season or two.
On defense, the linebacker spot will find a veteran useful. The defense is coming along nicely, and played well together in ‘06, but Chad Greenway will be returning from a serious injury, and it won’t hurt to add more talent to strengthen the position even more. There is depth and youth, but a stud addition in the middle is a potential draft target.
One other area that the Vikings will give a long look to is at wide receiver. Bobby Wade and Troy Williamson make up the core of the receiving unit for the time being, but Williamson has had problems holding onto passes and Wade is new to the team. Minnesota will need to add another receiver to the mix, and an early draft pick may be the way the team chooses to fix the problem.
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