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Vikings Load up on Offense at 2007 NFL Draft

The Vikings addressed their biggest need--offense--on Saturday and Sunday at the NFL Draft. Their first selction, the seventh overall, was star running back Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma. They also took three wide receivers, a quarterback, and three defensive players.

Peterson had an amazing freshmen season in 2004, when he finished second in Heisman trophy balloting. Since then, he has been mildly hampered by injuries but still impressed NFL scouts. Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman talked to the Pioneer Press about the pick.

"Adrian Peterson was the highest-ranked player (left) on our board. That was our guy."

The main area of concern for the Vikings, though, was the wide reciever position. The team released veterans Marcus Robinson and Travis Taylor early this offseason, leaving them with little left at that spot. The three new receivers, Sidney Rice, Aundrae Allison, and Chandler Williams, should all get a chance to contribute.

Head Coach Brad Childress appeared pleased by the picks, reported the Star Tribune. Although he rarely gets overly excited, the coach was not able to hide a smile.

"They're good football players," Childress said. "They've got good numbers. They're good people and they have a chance to help us."