Projecting How Every Rookie on the Minnesota Vikings Will Perform in 2013

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Projecting How Every Rookie on the Minnesota Vikings Will Perform in 2013
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The Minnesota Vikings walked away from the 2013 NFL draft with nine total selections. The seven-round event included three picks in the first round, as the Vikings became the first team to do so since the 2001 St. Louis Rams.

With rookie minicamp taking place on May 3, all eyes were on first-round selections Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson.

The excitement in Minnesota was certainly building.

The Vikings kicked off organized team activities (OTAs) on May 28, and coaches have begun evaluating the team's 90-man roster. While certain players are a lock to make the team, others will need to stand out among the rest of their teammates.

This especially includes the Vikings' late-round selections in the NFL draft, three of which were selected in the seventh round.

Looking ahead, Minnesota has mandatory minicamp starting on June 18, with players reporting to training camp in Mankato on July 25.

The Vikings will need to trim their roster to 53 players by the end of August and begin filling the practice squad off waivers after making final cuts.

While the Vikings signed 16 undrafted free agents, as well as Minnesota State-Mankato receiver Adam Thielen after cutting rookie Nicholas Edwards, these players tend to be long shots to make the roster.

However, tell that to undrafted free agent and Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle.

As OTAs continue this week, we examine each of the Vikings' nine drafted rookies and a projection into the 2013 season. 

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