Coming off an overachieving 10-win playoff campaign, the Vikings were likely due for a 2013 reality check even before they jettisoned Percy Harvin and Antoine Winfield.
Since Brett Favre's final retirement, the team has been in an awkward no-man's land between retooling and rebuilding. Adrian Peterson gives Minnesota a chance most weeks, but windows are closing on several key players, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. And the team is ultimately at the mercy of the Christian Ponder "is-he-or-isn't-he" dilemma.
Right or wrong, Ponder will get at least one more season to prove something. In the meantime, GM Rick Spielman enters the draft with 11 picks (including six in the first four rounds) and gaping holes at CB, WR, DT and LB. The age-old debate of need vs. BPA really shouldn't come into play, as there are enough needs that the two strategies should align pretty naturally throughout.
Spielman's 2012 draft was nothing short of spectacular, and he'll need a fair amount of luck to replicate the magic.
That's where I come into play.
The following mock is, in my eyes, a dream scenario in which everything falls just right. Just so we are crystal clear: while none of these picks are completely outside the realm of possibility, I am fully aware that some of them are pushing the limits. That's how best-case scenarios work!