The team started the night by drafting defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, a player considered to be the top defensive linemen by Mike Mayock of NFL.com and B/R's Matt Miller. Floyd was ranked No. 2 overall on Mayock's top 100 prospects list and No. 4 overall by Miller.
Not too bad for the 23rd overall selection by the Vikings.
Minnesota followed that up with cornerback Xavier Rhodes with the 25th overall pick, a player that meets a major need for a team that lost Antoine Winfield to the Seattle Seahawks.
And when Vikings fans thought the night was over, Spielman made a similar move at last year's draft by trading back into the first round. Coincidentally, the same pick the Vikings used to draft safety Harrison Smith—29th overall—was the same position held by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
As much as Spielman likes to wheel and deal, Belichick loves to trade back and stockpile picks. The match was perfect for both teams and the Vikings traded its second-round pick (52nd overall) to move up 23 positions, also sending a third, fourth and seventh-round selection.
With that pick, Spielman pulled the trigger on wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, the best prospect at wide receiver ranked by Miller and second by Mayock.
The Vikings addressed the three needs at defensive tackle, cornerback and wide receiver all in the first round, foregoing any selections on Day 2 in the second and third rounds of the draft.
Linebacker was the only major need not addressed by Minnesota, providing an easy position target for Day 3 and rounds four through seven.
But with a selection in each of those rounds and two in the seventh, the Vikings may still double up at either cornerback or wide receiver.
The following players are those still on the board heading into Day 3 and should be targeted by the Minnesota Vikings.
All combine statistics courtesy of NFL.com.