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Vikings Mock Draft: Updated 7-Round Projections After the East-West Shrine Game
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Every week, new developments change the draft order and how teams, scouts and draftniks perceive the incoming crop of rookies. The bottom of the draft should change pretty significantly. At the same time, the relative rise of other players over the past few weeks has changed draft outlooks, despite none of the other players involved playing a game.

The draft is an odd, ever-changing animal.

The East-West Shrine Game is over, and while there were a number of standout players, the game shouldn't affect draft evaluation too much. In fact, NFL agent and B/R contributor Marc Lillibridge says the games might change draft grades by two percent.

That might be lowballing it, but the point remains the same—the game performance itself is interesting but is largely used to confirm what NFL teams learned throughout the season. In fact, most scouts leave before the actual game and just watch the practices, something B/R's own Ryan Riddle confirms in his firsthand account of the Shrine Game, in which he participated.

The practices have historically been much more important than the game. Players are tested more in these practices than they ever have been in their lives, and their dedication, physicality and interactions with fellow players are scrutinized more than ever before.

These practices have changed player grades and put prospects into perspective. And that changes draft orders.

With this week in the books, the NFL draft projections will change, including that of the Vikings—who might now take a closer look at Shrine Game participants. We'll take a look at how the Vikings' draft would shake out if they were guaranteed to take some of the standout Shrine Game players.

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