The Biggest Questions for the Vikings Heading into the 2013 NFL Draft

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The Biggest Questions for the Vikings Heading into the 2013 NFL Draft
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The Minnesota Vikings face unique challenges entering the 2013 NFL Draft and have a lot of questions they need to address. Coming off of a 10-6 record and a brief playoff berth, the Vikings seem to be on the rise. But with the magic of regression to the mean and the difficulties of a stronger schedule this year, the Vikings could find themselves on the outside looking in come January.

In order to stave off a drop in performance, the Vikings will have to make sure they draft well and produce several immediate starters to fill glaring holes. It's an extremely difficult prospect, as even first-round rookies find it difficult to contribute immediately.

Luckily the Vikings have a lot of value to work with, with two first-round picks and two fourth-round picks. While they can move around or stand fast and pick for quality, the Vikings find themselves with more options—and arguably more obvious needs—than they did in 2013.

The success of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Vikings franchises might depend in a large way on this draft, given how much capital the Vikings are working with and how deep the draft is shaping up to be.

Ultimately, fans may see their hopes fulfilled or dashed as a result of the answer to a few key questions.

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