Last year at this time, head coach Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings' coaching staff had a first-hand look at the Senior Bowl talent. Frazier had the task of leading the North roster through a week of practices, leading up to the game. Frazier led the North to a 23-13 over Mike Shanahan and his coaching staff from the Washington Redskins.
While it's only one part of the process, the Minnesota Vikings seem to take the Senior Bowl seriously. Since 2009, they have drafted eight Senior Bowl players, including two first-rounders—Christian Ponder (2011) and Harrison Smith (2012) and two second-rounders—Phil Loadholt (2009) and Chris Cook (2010).
A quick scan of this year's roster found approximately 12 players from both sides who have the potential of being selected in the first round—if you believe the rankings from sites like Walter Football and CBS Sports.
For many players, the Senior Bowl is their last chance to make a favorable impression and improve their stock in the upcoming NFL draft. For others, it might result in a shot as an undrafted free agent to make an NFL roster.
The Minnesota Vikings will be looking to the 2013 NFL draft to fill needs at wide receiver, linebacker, defensive tackle and the offensive line.
Here's a look at potential Senior Bowl players the Vikings might consider in this year's draft to address some of their needs.