The Vikings run on Adrian Peterson power, no doubt about it. The reigning MVP is 28, so he is out of this conversation in terms of age, but Minnesota boasts some fantastic players south of 26 years old.
Let's start with the rookies.
Minnesota was able to land some serious talent in the first round of the 2013 draft, taking Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson thanks to some trade ingenuity on the part of Rick Spielman. Each of those players should contribute as rookies.
They join promising second-year guys like safety Harrison Smith and cornerback Josh Robinson on defense and starting left tackle Matt Kalil on offense. Needless to say, Spielman has done a nice job in the draft in recent years.
The most enigmatic youngster on this team might be the most important one, however. Quarterback Christian Ponder is just 25 heading into his third season, but he has had a roller coaster ride with the Vikings.
The problem is that roller coaster hasn't exactly reached terrible heights. The Vikings made their surprising playoff run thanks to MVPeterson, at times in spite of Ponder's play. If he develops into a reliable starter, this offense could cause problems in the NFC North.
One of his best weapons is Kyle Rudolph, who is just 23 entering his third season. The big tight end will look to enter the upper echelon at his position this season—if Ponder can get him the ball consistently.
The Vikings roster is littered with promising young talent, but less accomplished, unproven individuals like Ponder and this year's rookies keep Minny outside of the top 10.