There were rumors that Adrian Peterson was going to be traded, but those have died down. Peterson will start this upcoming season, but if he struggles - a real possibility, given that he took an entire year off - Minnesota could be in the market for a first-round running back next April.
Pick change; previously Ezekiel Elliott, RB
Rd. 2, Pk. 28
Vadal Alexander, G, LSU
T.J. Clemmings might be Minnesota's left tackle of the future, but the front office will have to look for a long-term left guard as well.
The Vikings traded for Mike Wallace, but it remains unclear if they have Teddy Bridgewater's long-term No. 1. Minnesota could use a true lead receiver for its young quarterback to grow with.
Boyd notched 78 receptions for 1,126 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has speed to go with his size. The sophomore was impressive against good defensive backs in 2014, including Virginia Tech's tough secondary. If Boyd can stay out of trouble in the lead up to the 2016 NFL Draft, his DUI arrest probably won't prevent him from being selected early on.
In Boyd's first game for the Panthers in 2013, he gave Florida State some problems. That set the tone for him to break a lot of Larry Fitzgerald's freshman records. Boyd caught 85 passes for 1,174 yards with seven touchdowns in 2013. He also ran for a score and returned a punt for a touchdown.
Pick change; previously Laquon Treadwell, WR
Rd. 2, Pk. 11
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh
The Vikings add another young back to develop behind Adrian Peterson.
Conner (6-2, 250) is a bruising back who has surprising quickness and speed for such a big runner. He averaged six yards per carry in 2014 for 1,765 yards with 26 touchdowns. The sophomore also had five receptions for 70 yards. As a true freshman, Conner averaged 5.5 yards per carry for 799 yards with eight touchdowns. Conner has to improve his receiving ability for the NFL, but he looks like a bell-cow back capable of carrying a heavy work load.