Re-Grading the Minnesota Vikings 2012 Rookies at the End of the Regular Season

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Re-Grading the Minnesota Vikings 2012 Rookies at the End of the Regular Season
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The Minnesota Vikings made a seven-game leap in 2012, improving from 2011's train wreck of a 3-13 season to 10-6 and a spot in the NFC playoffs in 2012.

There were many reasons for Minnesota's quick turnaround, but at the very top of the list is the infusion of talent GM Rick Spielman and his staff found in the 2012 NFL draft.

The Vikings made 10 picks back in April, and only one of them, Trevor Guyton, was let go after training camp. Touted receiver Greg Childs injured both knees early in training camp and spent the season on the injured reserve list, but other than those two, the Vikings got some type of contribution from the other eight selections.

Spielman and his player-personnel group get their second consecutive "A" grade for the 2012 draft class. The 2011 group saw four players become starters for at least part of this season in Christian Ponder, Kyle Rudolph, Mistral Raymond and Brandon Fusco. They also got contributions from Christian Ballard, Brandon Burton, D'Aundre Reed and Stephen Burton.

As good as that group is, the 2012 class is even better. Here we grade out each rookie from the Vikings 2012 draft class.

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