With that excitement comes intense speculation of how general manager Rick Spielman will best utilize the team's 11 selections, which includes one pick in each round of the draft.
The spotlight over the past week has been on linebacker Manti Te'o, who reportedly dined with Spielman prior to his pro day for Notre Dame on March 26. The Vikings also interviewed Te'o at the scouting combine in February and met with him earlier this month for the team's Top 30 event at Winter Park.
The Vikings have had an affinity for Notre Dame players over the years, including safety Harrison Smith in the first round of last year's draft and safety Robert Blanton in the fifth round.
Minnesota actually leads the NFL with five former players from the Fighting Irish. Kyle Rudolph, John Sullivan and John Carlson round out the list of those players from South Bend.
Still, will the Vikings' need for a middle linebacker coupled with Te'o's choice of college land him in Minnesota or is Spielman generating the kind of interest that could see the former Heisman candidate selected earlier in the first round?
The Chicago Bears are also in need of a middle linebacker after parting ways with Brian Urlacher. The Vikings' division rival selects three spots earlier at No. 20.
In addition to linebacker, Minnesota will look to upgrade at cornerback after losing Antoine Winfield to the Seattle Seahawks—the same team the Vikings traded Percy Harvin to in March. Wide receiver and defensive tackle are the other two needs Spielman must address in the draft.
Whether it is the first round or later in the draft, Minnesota's front office has the ability to improve in each of those four major positions with enough ammunition to add depth and developmental prospects to the team.
Here is the latest preview of how things could shake out for the Vikings on draft day.
All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.