With needs on both lines, Vikes have draft-pick limitations

With needs on both lines, Vikes have draft-pick limitations
File — This Dec. 20, 2020, file photo shows Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer reacting on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, in Minneapolis. Zimmer was discouraged by the state of his defense and the limited opportunity to improve it this offseason, but a handful of free-agent additions gave him fresh hope. (Source: AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was “down in the dumps” about his defense at the end of last season.

Injuries and inexperience were too much to overcome.

This year, six free agents have been added to the group despite a lack of salary cap space. Three other key players will return from 2020 absences.

Zimmer says he’s been rejuvenated.

Now comes the draft, and more limitations.

The offense has needs, and the Vikings don’t have a second-round pick. They have the 14th overall selection, with several attractive edge rushers expected to be available in the first round.

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