Toby Gerhart replaces Chester Taylor

GerhartGerhartEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have found a replacement for departed tailback Chester Taylor. The Vikings wanted Stanford running back Toby Gerhart so much they gave up their third-round pick (No. 93 overall) to move up 11 spots in the second round to draft him.

The Vikings made a run at signing free agent LaDainian Tomlinson for that role, but they clearly were focused on the draft after Tomlinson signed with the New York Jets. I’ll have much more before Friday evening is over, but Gerhart will provide a decidedly complementary style relative to starter Adrian Peterson.

Unless they trade up again, the Vikings are done for the night. More in a bit.