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Updated: April 27th, 2011 6:29pm
Preview: Seven of Vikings' nine selections on NFL Draft's final day

Preview: Seven of Vikings' nine selections on NFL Draft's final day

by Tom Pelissero
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What: 2011 NFL Draft.
Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York.
When: Round 1 will be on Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. Rounds 2 and 3 will be on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. Rounds 4 through 7 will be on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.
Who: By the time the three-day event concludes, 254 players will have been drafted. Twenty-five will attend the draft in New York. Longtime Vikings end Chris Doleman will be one of more than 50 guests announcing picks, taking the podium to reveal the Vikings' second-round selection.
TV: ESPN, NFL Network.

What the Vikings have

The Vikings enter the draft with nine picks, including one on each of the first two days.

Vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman has made no secret about his desire to recoup the third-round pick they lost in an ill-fated October trade for Randy Moss, who was cut less than a month later.

The Vikings have the other six of their own picks, plus a fifth-rounder obtained in the trade that sent quarterback Sage Rosenfels to the New York Giants and two compensatory picks for the free-agent losses of halfback Chester Taylor and offensive lineman Artis Hicks.

• 1. (12) 12th overall
• 2. (11) 43rd overall
• 4. (9) 106th overall
• 5. (8) 139th overall
• 5. (19) 150th overall (from New York Giants)
• 6. (7) 172nd overall
• 6. (35) 200th overall (compensatory pick)
• 7. (13) 215th overall
• 7. (35) 236th overall (compensatory pick).

What the Vikings need

Here are detailed breakdowns of the Vikings' quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, tight ends, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers, defensive backs and specialists.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Randy Moss, Sage Rosenfels