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.
Treadwell (6-2, 229) had 48 receptions for 632 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 before an ugly knee injury ended his season. He is a natural receiver who causes a lot of mismatches. Treadwell was one of the top recruits in the nation, and as a freshman, he was immediately effective against SEC defensive backs. Treadwell caught 72 receptions for 608 yards with five scores in 2013.
Rd. 2, Pk. 12
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.