Ranking the Top 5 Players on the Vikings Draft Board

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Ranking the Top 5 Players on the Vikings Draft Board
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Like any other team, the Minnesota Vikings have their own Big Board and positional rankings that they'll draw from in the 2013 NFL draft. While their list has some quirks—it may include the largest set of red flag warnings in the league—it ultimately relies on a set of needs and value. For that, they'll rank players on their own personal board regardless of how well players are at irrelevant positions, like left tackle or defensive end.

Let's take a look at what might be a potential preview of such a list. As the Vikings head into Radio City Music Hall, the most important players will be in the top five of their draft board.

First-round picks consistently outperform and outproduce other picks, which makes them naturally that much more valuable—and all the more dangerous to screw up.

Depending on how the Vikings rank players in their top five, they can either set the franchise back several years or set themselves up for consistent success.

Ignoring obvious players who have a small chance to fall to the Vikings, like Star Lotulelei or Sheldon Richardson, let's take a look at the players who might round out the top five of the Vikings' Big Board.

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