Now that the 2012 NFL season is finally over—sooner than most teams would like—it's time to focus on next year. In 2012 the Minnesota Vikings were seven games better than their dismal 2011 season, and much of that turnaround can be credited to the rookie class that joined the team.
With four rookies making at least six starts last season—not including the record-setting season of rookie place-kicker Blair Walsh—the expectations will be high for another great draft in 2013. If the Vikings are to make a return trip to the playoffs, they will need another draft that produces a couple of starters and provides depth at some key positions.
The Vikings will have eight picks in the 2013 NFL draft for general manager Rick Spielman to work his magic.