Power Ranking the Vikings Draft Picks During Rick Spielman's Career in Minnesota

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Power Ranking the Vikings Draft Picks During Rick Spielman's Career in Minnesota
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
How has Spielman done so far?

The Minnesota Vikings make a remarkable turnaround in 2012. The team went from a 3-13 finish in 2011 to a 10-6 mark and a berth in the NFC playoffs.

An outstanding draft class last year was one of the main catalysts in the Vikings' success. Minnesota drafted 10 players, nine of whom are still with the club. Of last season's rookies, six started at least one game for the team and two (Matt Kalil and Blair Walsh) performed well enough to be named to the Pro Bowl.

The Vikings weren't content to rest on their laurels this season. General manager Rick Spielman came into the draft with two first-round picks, and turned four later picks into a third first-round selection.

According to Bucky Brooks, an analyst with NFL.com and the NFL Network, Spielman and his staff may have done even better in 2013 than they did in 2012.

Credit general manager Rick Spielman for putting together one of the most impressive first-round hauls in NFL draft history. The Vikings hit it out of the park by adding Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes to a defense that is on the verge of becoming elite.

While it's too early to know for sure if the Vikings hit the mother lode again in 2013, most of the signs are positive.

Since Spielman was named general manager of the team in 2012, he's put together two very promising draft.

The following slideshow power ranks every Vikings draft pick during Spielman's two years in charge. Each pick will be judged on value, fit for the team and future outlook.

Click on as we power rank every draft pick during Rick Spielman's career as GM in Minnesota.

(Pro Stats are courtesy of Pro-Football Reference.com. College stats courtesy of Vikings.com.)

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