The Vikings made it an even split between offense and defense on day 3 of the draft.
On the defensive side, the big pick was DE Everson Griffen, a large talent whose commitment often came into question in college.
Griffen has the potential to be a starter some day, especially if the Vikes and Ray Edwards end up parting ways. But he also has the potential to be an even bigger headache than Edwards.
Linebacker was the other position the Vikes addressed heavily on day 3, taking Gopher Nate Triplett and Ryan D’Imperio of Rutgers. Neither figures to be much in the mix this year, but with Ben Leber coming to the end of his contract, who knows what either of them might be down the road.
Offensively, the Vikes addressed the lack of offensive line depth by drafting Wake Forest guard Chris DeGeare.
They also added to their receiver corps by taking UAB’s Joe Webb, who played quarterback in college, but will not be getting any action behind center in Minnesota.
Rounding out the picks was tight end Mickey Shuler of Penn State. Again, don’t expect to see much from this guy in the near-term.
Like I said, Griffen is the guy to keep an eye on as a potential starter. The rest of these fellows? They fill out the training camp roster nicely and some may even make the practice squad.