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
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.