With only 2 days left until the Cardinals play on Sunday night, it's about that time to discuss the Minnesota Vikings. I don't mean how they'll play on Sunday or what the Cardinals should do, but who you'd be interesting in taking from their team. It should be easy considering they are filled with star-power and currently stand at 10-1, the 2nd best record in the NFL. It can be a young or older player, a starter or a back up, etc. You can also take their current contract status into consideration, as if we were actually signing the player. Also look at who may be leaving our team after this season. Here are some of my picks.
Kevin Williams, DT:It's picking and choosing when it comes to the Vikings defensive line but the first player that comes to mind is Williams. He and Pat Williamshave become one of the best defensive tackle duos in the NFL over the last few years and they remain that way this year. WIlliams is already having a great year with 6 sacks and is currently on his way to another pro bowl. Williams is the best true defensive tackle in the league(IMO) because of his age, pass rush ability and run stuffing ability. He and Dockett would be a formidable tandem along with Calais Campbell on the other side.
Jared Allen, DE: The Cardinals have always lacked a dominant threat at defensive end and haven't had a player reach a double digit sack total since Bertrand Berry did it in 2004 when he had 14.5 sacks. Allen has been one of the best defensive ends for the last few years and adding him to the Cardinals defensive line would be tremendous. With Allen and Calais Campbell at defensive end, the Cardinals would be set for years. The only obvious drawback is that Allen is not a 3-4 defensive end and he may not be as productive in that system.
Steve Hutchinson, G: Hutchinson came from the Seahawks as a huge free agent acquisition a few years ago and since he's been with the Vikings, they've been one of the best rushing teams in the league. He's disciplined and has plowed rushed lanes for running backs, Shaun Alexander and Adrian Peterson . With the possibility of changes along the offensive line next year, Hutchinson would literally fill a hole along the Cardinals offensive line and add the run-blocking the Cardinals need.
Visanthe Shiancoe, TE:This one may come as a surprise seeing how Shiancoe isn't a flashy tight end in the league, but this year he's improved greatly and is already having one of his best seasons as a Viking. Shiancoe has also turned into a dependable target and his 8 touchdowns shows his ability to score in the end zone. With the Cardinals lack of a true starter at tight end, adding Visanthe would fill a big void.
There are plenty of other Vikings to pick from but these four stood out to me as obvious choices for the Cardinals. And no I didn't pick Peterson because I feel the Cardinals are set at runningback with two young studs and Beanie Wells is a potential star. Now's your chance - who would you take from the Minnesota Vikings?