The 2011 draft is very unclear for several reasons. Will their be a 2011 draft? Who will be eligible? Will sophomores be available? How many rounds? Will there even be a draft. To keep things simple that's assume the draft won't change with the exception of a cap on the drafted players salary.
The Vikings have traded their third round pick. They have gained a draft pick from the Giants in 2011. I'm hearing a 5th round pick.
The next thing to consider is compensatory picks the Vikings might get from losing draft free agents. The big names are Moss, Rice, Leber, and Edwards.
Moss being a 10 year veteran will bring a 5th round pick. So the Moss trade, if he doesn't resign with us, will lose the Vikings a 3rd round pick for Moss, but gain a 5th round pick in 2011 and a 7th round pick in 2012. Not a bad deal at all.
I believe we'll sign Leber and Rice in the off season. This leaves losing Edwards as a free agent. Edwards will probably net us a 5th or 6th round pick.
So the Vikings are looking at the following draft picks for 2011: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 5th, 5th compensatory, 5th compensatory, 6th, and 7th.
Witha strong draft coming the Vikings aren't playing for bust this coming year. They have a good future as well.