By Jeremy Martin @Jmartin1982 on April 4, 2014
The NFL Draft is fast approaching and most Minnesota Vikings fans are eagerly anticipating what their team will do with the No. 7 overall pick. While what they do in the first round is important, what they do on the second and third days of the draft is just as important. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five players the Minnesota should be targeting on day two of the draft.
The Vikings currently have only three offensive guards on their roster, and that will need to change before the season begins. One guard they could look at is Cyril Richardson of Baylor. Richardson would help open up even more holes for RB Adrian Peterson.
Minnesota also needs help at safety, and Deone Bucannon could be a good fit. Bucannon is good against both the run and the pass. If he is there in the third round, he should definitely be on the Vikings’ radar.
Minnesota needs some help along the defensive line, and Tuitt would give them just that. Tuitt was once considered a first rounder, but injury concerns have caused him to slide a bit. Even with the concerns, I still believe he would be worth the risk in the second round.
David Yankey is a solid guard out of Stanford. Yankey is 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, and an extremely hard worker. I am not sure he makes it to the second round, but if he does, he would be a solid pick for the Vikings.
Jimmie Ward is a safety out of Northern Illinois who would greatly improve the Vikings’ secondary. Last season Ward recorded 92 total tackles, including an incredible 62 solo tackles. He is not just a run-stopper; he also had seven interceptions last season. Ward will likely go in the second round of the draft.
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