The Minnesota Vikings can only hope that their 2013 draft yields the high amount of talent that their 2012 draft did. While they won't be picking nearly as high as they did in 2012, it's a draft that might lack the star power of many years, but it's thick with players at positions the Vikings need.
Obviously much of what the Vikings do in the draft will depend on decisions they've made in free agency and with the status of current personnel.
The NFL draft is always a crapshoot, the combine and all the film in the world can't accurately predict how a guy will play football against the best players in the world.
That would explain how the Seattle Seahawks drafted starting quarterback, Russell Wilson and their leading tackler, Bobby Wagner, in the 3rd and 2nd rounds in 2012. Or how Vontaze Burfict, the Bengals second leading tackler, or Leonard Johnson a rookie starter with three interceptions for the Buccaneers, both went undrafted.
The Vikings have taken great strides forward from their dismal 2011 season, but still have a ways to go to become a legitimate title contender. GM Rick Spielman had a fantastic draft in 2012, but as of now is still weighed down by the fact that he took Christian Ponder with the 12th overall pick in 2011.
We take a look at some players who should be on the Vikings radar for the 2013 draft, to fix some of the problem spots that remain on the roster.