The Minnesota Vikings will have plenty of turnover from the 2012 roster that finished the season with a 24-10 playoff loss in Green Bay to the Packers to the team that opens the 2013 season in Detroit.
Gone are cornerback Antoine Winfield, wide receivers Percy Harvin, Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu, middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley, and punter Chris Kluwe—all were released, traded or left to sign with other clubs.
There are going to be some exciting battles to pay close attention to during training camp as the final roster takes shape.
There's sure to be one or two veterans released that no one saw coming. They end up as either a salary cap casualty or are squeezed out by an up-and-coming rookie who demonstrates more potential and who the Vikings don't want to lose in an attempt to move to the practice squad.
It's always an exercise in futility to predict the final 53-man roster before training camp even begins. Injuries and the signing of players cut from other NFL camps can have a huge impact on the team that steps onto the field in Week 1.
Nevertheless, here's a pre-training camp prediction of the Vikings' final roster by position.