Minnesota Vikings: Rookie Progress Report Through First 4 Games

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Minnesota Vikings: Rookie Progress Report Through First 4 Games
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Harrison Smith is among a talented 2012 draft class of the Minnesota Vikings.

An under-valued reason why the Minnesota Vikings (3-1) sit atop the NFC North after four weeks, and a big reason they are viewed as a legitimate playoff contender is the play of the 2012 rookie class.

The 2012 draft will go down as one of the better drafts in recent memory, as Minnesota picked four, maybe five, players who are or will become major contributors to this roster for years to come.

Drafting well is, in part, what put the Green Bay Packers in the position they're in now; it's how Minnesota needs to continue its rebuilding process. (The Vikings haven't won anything yet; thus, they still rebuilding.)

The early report card on the class of 2012 is a favorable one.

Let's get to it.

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