The folks over at Vikings headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minnesota don't like to use the term "rebuilding" when talking about their football team.
Whether they use it or not, coming off of a 3-13 record in 2011, Minnesota is indeed rebuilding, and it's certainly gotten off on the right foot. Currently with 11 new starters from last year's team, the Vikings are giving a ton of reps to players 25 and under, and they send out the third-youngest group of starters in the NFL.
Obviously, there is value in having experience in the NFL. It takes a couple of trips around the block for young players to figure out how to maximize their talents at the highest level.
What will ultimately be the best part of the Vikings' surprising 6-4 start to the season is that all of these young players will get to be involved in meaningful games down the stretch. They'll be far better served with this young corps of players playing with their feet to the fire than simply playing out the string during another abysmal season.
With the Vikings enjoying their bye week off, we take a look at five of the youngsters on the Vikings roster who have very bright futures playing on Sundays.