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Experts Say Draft's Positional Depth Could Impact Free Agency

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —The NFL's free agency period officially begins Thursday at 3 p.m. (CT).

But the chatter about what the Vikings could do to potentially enhance their roster began last week in Indianapolis at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.

Numerous media analysts spoke to Vikings.com and said a key question surrounding Minnesota is whether or not the Vikings should attack in free agency or wait until April's draft.

If the Vikings choose to target their offensive line, Albert Breer of The MMQB said free agency could be the way to go.

"Now, you're going to have to pay for them, but I think if you have a need on the offensive line you're probably going to trend a little more toward free agency," Breer said.

The Vikings trotted out eight different starting offensive line combinations and had 12 players play along the line, including five at left tackle.

Breer said that position is one the Vikings might address in free agency.

"I think the primary one for you guys in Minnesota is looking at the offensive line," Breer said. "It's the weakest spot in the draft, but there are some guys who are going to get out there in free agency.

"There are really some good offensive linemen … there are some good veteran offensive linemen that should be good plug-and-play type players," Breer added.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com agreed with that notion.

"I would say from a Vikings perspective, assuming the Vikings will go after some offensive linemen and try to beef up that, you've got some options, obviously, [the option of re-signing Matt] Kalil, too," Rapoport said.

It remains to be seen who and what positions the Vikings target in free agency and the draft, the unfurling of the plan isn't too far away.

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