The future of Percy Harvin is set to dominate the Vikings' offseason. No matter what the front office says, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the 24-year-old wideout traded away before next season. Filling that void won't be easy, but even if Harvin stays, the passing game must be addressed. Quarterback Christian Ponder isn't exactly the second coming of Fran Tarkenton, but he was hamstrung by a lack of targets last season. Leaning heavily again on Adrian Peterson in 2013 won't help this offense evolve.
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The Vikings can't ignore the weaknesses which prevented this team from doing damage in the playoffs. If Harvin exits stage left, the receiver group becomes an immediate dumpster fire. When Percy wasn't on the field last season, Ponder's play was impacted dramatically. This quarterback needs targets to grow with. The linebacker position needs depth and the Vikings could use a boost at defensive tackle. Interior lineman Letroy Guion was a disappointment and Kevin Williams, at 32, isn't getting any younger.
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The Vikings were a welcome surprise last season -- and coach Leslie Frazier deserves credit -- but Ponder's growth will decide where this team goes in 2013. Keeping this offensive line intact by locking down Loadholt is a start. General manager Rick Spielman is a build-through-the-draft guy, but April alone might not be enough to gather dynamic pass-catchers and patch up the front seven. Dipping into free agency might be required for the Vikings to fill all of their needs.