The Minnesota Vikings and general manager Rick Spielman are poised for another tremendous draft. With a total of 11 draft picks, including two first-round selections again this year, the expectations are for at least another two to four starters to emerge.
From the last two drafts the Vikings have 18 of 20 draft picks still with the team. From these drafts the Vikings have six starters in Christian Ponder, Kyle Rudolph and Brandon Fusco from the 2011 draft and Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith and Josh Robinson from last year's draft. Mistral Raymond and Jarius Wright are in the mix to get some significant playing time in 2013, if not starting.
And of course there is the NFL record-setting kicker in Blair Walsh. His 10 field goals from 50 yards or more broke the previous record of eight in a single season.
This season the Vikings need to address needs at wide receiver, the defensive line, linebacker and cornerback. With 11 picks they should be able to find some starters and add some depth at all of these positions.
Of course we will hear the phrase "best player available" often in the explanation for the selections the team makes. Here's the best-case scenario when the best player available fits nicely with the needs the Vikings have to address.