As training camps open across the NFL, spirits couldn't be higher for the coming season. Every team has its new shiny toys, whether it be draft picks, free-agent signings or both.
Summer is the season of optimism among NFL fanbases. Everybody is 0-0 and can look toward the 2014 schedule with high hopes that things will be better than ever this fall.
Of course, that's not always the case, as once they start playing games that count, things will start going sideways for a lot of teams.
If you would have told fans of Super Bowl hopefuls in Atlanta, Houston and Washington at this time last year that their three teams would go a combined 9-39 in the 2013 season, they would have told you that you were insane.
Fans of the Minnesota Vikings are no different than anywhere else, and there is every reason to be optimistic as training camp opens. Upgrades have been made at several key positions and the team looks to have far more depth heading into the 2014 season.
Here, we'll take a look at several areas where the Vikings made upgrades in the offseason and rank them in importance. The ranking will include how each upgrade will impact the 2014 season and those beyond, and we'll put value into how much impact the upgrade will have on the team's success during the coming season.