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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Fox Sports Doesn't Like Vikings Draft

One of the lower marks for the Vikings' 2011 NFL Draft came from Fox Sports, as they gave the Vikings just a C+ grade for their efforts over the past three days. They do have some solid logic behind their criticism, however.

The Vikings failed to address their weak offensive line until the sixth round, which was a big mistake. They will have to look toward free agency to improve in that area on offense.

This is true. . .they didn't do anything with their offensive line until towards the end of the draft. However, the Vikings have quite a few members of the offensive line that dealt with injuries in 2011 (Bryant McKinnie, Phil Loadholt, Steve Hutchinson, and Anthony Herrera), and they might feel that the unit might be better in 2011. In addition, Bill Musgrave has said that he's going to be ditching the zone blocking scheme that so many people didn't think Minnesota's big maulers were suited for anyway, which might help them as well.

The Vikings' offensive line was, obviously, offensive in 2010. . .but the expectations for 2011 are going to be different, and the Vikings still have the talent on the offensive line to meet those expectations.

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