Sullivan takes over leadership of new Vikings OL 07 Jun 12

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — John Sullivan used to be a question mark on the Minnesota Vikings offensive line, an undersized sixth-round pick trying to fill in for a perennial Pro Bowler.

Now Sullivan enters his fifth season in Minnesota as the stabilizing force on a new-look unit. He has a new, long-term contract and is being counted on while the Vikings shuffle roles and add new faces.

Veteran guards Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera are gone. Last year’s left tackle, Charlie Johnson, moved to left guard to make room for rookie Matt Kalil and the right guard spot is an open competition between Brandon Fusco and Geoff Schwartz.

Sullivan says it feels like it was just yesterday that he was drafted. He also says he feels much more comfortable asserting himself as a leader now.