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Re-Drafting Minnesota Vikings' 2012 Draft After First Half of NFL Season
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

At the halfway point of the Minnesota Vikings' season, their 2012 draft class can be considered a success. Nine of the 10 draftees are still with the team, with seven of the nine seeing action on Sundays.

A quick scan over the last two drafts for the Vikings indicates that perhaps this organization, behind head coach Leslie Frazier and general manager Rick Spielman, knows what they're doing. There are 18 of the Vikings' last 20 draft picks still with the team—with Demarcus Love, drafted in 2011 and Greg Childs, drafted this season, on injured reserve.   

From this year's rookie class, the Vikings found starters in left tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith, the team's two first-round draft picks.

Other rookies making contributions so far this season are kicker Blair Walsh, who is 17 of 18 on field goals, including 4-for-4 on tries over 50 yards, cornerback Josh Robinson, who will get plenty of playing time with Chris Cook out for six to eight weeks following a broken arm, and tight end Rhett Ellison with four catches for 56 yards.

Still, that doesn't mean we can't take a look back and do some second guessing. After all, at the very least, a perfect draft would be one that has all 10 draft picks seeing some action on the field.

Here's a look at how the Vikings' draft may have gone, knowing then what is known now. 

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