The Minnesota Vikings have plenty of needs to be addressed in the 2013 draft. So many needs, in fact, that general manager Rick Spielman should be able to find another player who will contribute significantly with the 23rd pick in the draft. Spielman's draft class from last season was extremely successful. Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith, both selected in the first round, became instant starters at left tackle and safety. Both players started all 16 games for the Vikings in 2012.
The next three players, Josh Robinson, Jarius Wright and Rhett Ellison, selected in Rounds 3 and 4, combined to start 11 games last year. And, although not considered a starter, Blair Walsh, a sixth-round draft pick, made some pretty significant contributions for Minnesota. Walsh converted all 10 of his field goals from greater than 50 yards. His 141 points are the second-highest single-season scoring total in franchise history.
Expect Spielman to work his magic once again in this draft. Whether he deals his way up the first round or moves down to acquire an additional pick, the expectation will be to find another starter to continue the success the Vikings had this past season.
Here's a look at several players who could become instant contributors for the Vikings in 2013.