Minnesota Vikings: 7 Players Who Could Make an Impact Their Rookie Year

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Minnesota Vikings: 7 Players Who Could Make an Impact Their Rookie Year
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I know Vikings fans are saying, "How could you put a picture of Titus Young up there on the Vikings site?" Good question, but it was designed to get to my point. Young caught 48 passes for 607 yards and six TDs last season. Young was a second-round draft choice by the Detroit Lions in the 2011 NFL Draft. Normally rookie contributions are minimal, but there are exceptions. 

Outside of Rounds 1 and 2, most rookies are relegated to backup or special teams roles, and for the Vikings that may be the case early on, but I am looking at seven players who might be drafted by the Vikings and make an immediate impact for 2012.  

Now, that does not mean their impact will be felt at the beginning of the season. It may be Week 5, Week 8 or maybe even Week 12; nonetheless, the impact can be there.  

This is based on draft selections by round. It would be easy to throw down names like Matt Kalil, Dontari Poe, Luke Kuechly, etc... What I am trying to discuss are players who might be available at certain selection points in the draft.  

The Vikings draft No. 3 in Round 1, No. 35 in Round 2, No. 66 in Round 3 and No. 98 in Round 4. I will also put two intriguing names out there to create seven total who could be selected at some point.  

You may disagree with the picks I have and that’s fine, but I am looking to cover areas of need and to include players who I feel could play an important role very quickly if the Vikings are to rebound as a formidable franchise once again.  

So, with six selections within the first 138 choices, the Vikings could help themselves considerably. Let’s take a look.

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