EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —ESPN football writer Kevin Seifert covered the Vikings rookie minicamp Friday afternoon and chatted with Vikings.com's Mike Wobschall.
Among the handful of topics Seifert discussed was Minnesota's 2015 NFC North division title and whether or not the Vikings could repeat as division champions.
Although it's only May, Seifert predicted a second-straight NFC North title for the purple and gold.
"It's interesting because I kept saying the past few years that it was the Packers division to lose because they kept winning," Seifert said. "But the Vikings won last year, and it certainly wasn't the result of a fluke or an injury … they were the better team last year.
"I'll stick with that," he added. "They built on what they had … I now think it's the Vikings division to lose."
Seifert projected Green Bay to finish second followed by Chicago and Detroit.
"I think the Packers are very close, obviously," Seifert said. "The Bears made a lot of improvement on defense, and with John Fox as the head coach it's going to be very interesting to watch.
"The Lions, we're going to have to figure out what they're going to do on offense without Calvin Johnson," he added. "That's kind of the order I see things in right now."
Seifert was on hand at Winter Park to watch rookie wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, among other draft picks.
Seifert said much was made about Treadwell's time of 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash, but brought up an NFL player who was similarly timed and has done quite well: Arizona wide receiver and Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald.
"I know that's been brought up because he also had a 4.6," Seifert said. "It's important to now that Fitz is off the charts on everything else.
"Everything else has to be sky high to make up for a 4.6," he added. "But there's no reason why Laquon Treadwell can't do that."