The 2012 NFL draft is just over a week away and, for the most part, it's getting easier to get an idea of how teams might play their hands.
In my mind, the biggest areas of need for the Minnesota Vikings are ranked as offensive line, safety (either spot), Mike linebacker, cornerback and then Will linebacker. Though I would rank the needs this way, I'm sure others will argue against me. I'll do my best to explain that argument as it comes up on the slides.
The Vikings have had a history of taking the best player available in certain situations. While they have plenty of holes on both sides of the ball, Vikings fans must expect that the team won't reach for an area of need (okay, Christian Ponder is the exception—not the rule) and pick the player that comes with the most value to the team.
Along with this mock draft, I'm going to include whatever highlight video I can find for each player. Hopefully, seeing the player that I'm predicting will explain some of the reason why I chose that player.
Here are my seven-round predictions.