Vikings 2012 Draft: Comparing to Drafts of Years Past

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Vikings 2012 Draft: Comparing to Drafts of Years Past
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Vikings fans have a lot to be happy about as the limelight of the 2012 draft winds down. It's safe to say that Minnesota was able to address positions of need, and all players drafted have the potential to be playmakers, starters and contributors. On paper, this was one of those drafts that doesn't look glamorous or glitzy, but will shine like a diamond.

When compared against the other 31 teams in the NFL, the Vikings had one of the ten best drafts of the  year. I have my opinions as to which other teams land in the top ten, but the focus here is to look at the Vikings 2012 draft and compare it to other drafts in Vikings history.

After sifting through 51 previous drafts, there were several things I had to consider before penning this article. For instance, I wanted to stay away from drafts where there were too many trades involving the Vikings, which ruled out many of their past drafts.

All in all, I decided to look at two other drafts that particularly stand out in terms of depth and contribution to the team's roster. I tried to pull together a collective class that could field several starters, potential Pro Bowlers, and possibly a Hall of Famer.

So, here are two other drafts that made great contributions to the Vikings organization.

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