The Minnesota Vikings rookie class of 2012 turned out to be an exceptional bunch with eight of the 10 draft picks seeing action last season. If not for an injury on the last day of training camp that ended Greg Childs' season, it would have been nine of 10.
The top five draft picks started a combined 46 games last year, with first-round draft picks Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith starting all 16 games at left tackle and safety. That doesn't include sixth-round draft pick, Blair Walsh, who set an NFL record converting 10 field goal this season from more than 50 yards.
This group helped to turn a Vikings team that finished 3-13 in 2011 into a playoff team with a 10-6 record, and a second place finish in the NFC North.
With all the success of this past season and a full year under their belts, the expectations will be greater next year.
Here's what we can expect from this group in 2013.