Vikes can use first round picks to upgrade at crucial positions to aid another playoff run.
After trading Percy Harvin to Seattle for a first and seventh round draft pick this year, as well as a third next year, the Minnesota Vikings are in a tremendous position to invest in quality young talent to achieve future playoff success.
Although the 24 year-old was a superb receiver for the team, he was also a troublemaker and had issues with both injuries and inconsistency; Minnesota will feel they can get more out of a youngster picked up in the first round.
The Vikings were the surprise team to make the NFC playoffs and if they want to prove doubters wrong, then they will need to upgrade at two positions – wide receiver and safety.
Having two picks in the first round makes this a fairly simple task.
If Tavon Austin is still available at pick 23, then Minnesota have found and instant replacement for Percy Harvin, and have a player who is as good if not better than Harvin.
The Vikings will be hoping for this stud to fall into their lap midway through the draft.
The depth at safety isn’t huge this year, so the Vikings may look to pursue Dashon Goldson during free agency, and spend their second pick on a pass rusher to compliment Jared Allen.
Margus Hunt would be a terrific match up on the over side of the defensive line to Allen. In a division consisting of Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford, pass rushers are essential, and with Hunt and Allen, the Vikings could have a terrific one-two punch next season.