5 Most Overrated Minnesota Vikings in Franchise History

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5 Most Overrated Minnesota Vikings in Franchise History
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With the 2013 NFL draft in our rear-view mirror, the anticipation for success from top prospects has already begun to build.

There is often a tendency to project performance of a player even before he sets foot on the practice field.

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman selected three first-round selections in this year's draft—Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson—who now face the pressure to live up to high expectations and contribute to the team almost immediately.

Before any of the new Vikings players can be assessed, it's only fair to first give each the opportunity to prove themselves on the field, often requiring up to three years of playing time.

For example, quarterback Christian Ponder enters his third year in Minnesota and may have his final opportunity to demonstrate whether a first-round selection (12th overall) was justified in the 2011 draft.

While the jury is still out for Ponder, judgment shall be handed down to former Vikings players who simply did not live up to the hype when joining the team.

Criteria to qualify as an overrated player includes joining the team—whether through the draft, free agency or via trade—with incredibly high expectations and failing to deliver at the level anticipated.

Dishonorable mentions are included at the end of the article.

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