Minnesota needs a big-time WR

The Minnesota Vikings must replace Randy Moss and there are plenty of good offensive linemen to go around, according to Mel Kiper's latest mailbag.

Originally Published: February 25, 2005
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
Randy Moss is headed west, but I don't think drafting a WR at No. 7 or No. 18 will do a whole lot for the Minnesota Vikings. Can the Vikings find a wideout in the second or third round like they did with Nate Burleson a couple years ago?
Scott Ritter, Bismarck, N.D.

Wide receiver is now a huge need area for the Vikings, and they also need help on the defensive front seven and at cornerback. A good plan would be to take USC wideout Mike Williams at No. 7 to help fill the void left by Moss' departure, then look at No. 18 for help in the defensive line from someone such as USC end/tackle Shaun Cody or Florida State DT Travis Johnson. Or if they opt for a cornerback, two of the top three, Antrel Rolle of Miami and Carlos Rogers of Auburn, should both still be available at that point.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst