In February, I ranked the Viking off-season position needs. Free Agency is mostly finished, and the draft is over. Let's sum up how the Vikes addressed these needs.
1. Wide Receiver
signed Bernard Berrian, drafted Jaymar Johnson in the 6th round.*
signed Gus Frerotte, drafted John David Booty in the 5th round.
signed Madieu Williams, signed Michael Boulware, drafted Tyrell Johnson in the 2nd round.**
4. Defensive End
traded for Jared Allen.***
Are you satisfied with the Vikings' off-season efforts to improve the team at these positions?
I have suggested I'd like to see the team bring in more wide receivers: Bernard Berrian excites me, but the wide receiver position was so weak last season that the team could try more players. Then again, if they brought in more wide receivers, perhaps they wouldn't have had the resources to fill some of the other needs. It's still a position that scares me, but perhaps Berrian, Sidney Rice, Bobby Wade, and Robert Ferguson can make up a productive unit for a run-first, defense-oriented team.
I'm still boggled at quarterback: the team should have done more to, at the very least, acquire a competent backup should Tarvaris Jackson either struggle or get injured. So much on offense now rides on a 3rd year Division I-AA quarterback with 14 career starts. John David Booty is a helpful addition--a long-term plan should Jackson fail. But I wish there were a more reliable veteran than Gus Frerotte (who is probably completely finished) on the roster should the team need to turn to a vet, for whatever reason.
I am completely satisfied with the Vikings' moves at safety and defensive end.
* I'm not counting re-signing Robert Ferguson, since that is a move of retention, not addition. Perhaps I should include trading Troy Williamson away as a move toward improvement.
**the Vikes also signed a player they are listing as "DB," Benny Sapp.
***the Vikes also signed two players they are listing as "DL," Ellis Wyms and Kendrick Allen.