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Vikings 2012 NFL Draft Grades: Minnesota Receives High Marks For Filling Needs

The Minnesota Vikings were able to get the player they coveted at the top of the first round in Matt Kahil while still moving back to gather more assets for the draft. According to, the Vikings did quite well using those assets to add players to improve their roster heading into next season.

(Vikings GM ) Spielman had a brilliant draft. He upgraded the line, acquired two promising targets for Ponder (coincidentally, both Razorbacks) and improved the secondary. I don't know if he needed to trade up for Harrison Smith, but he had the ammunition to do so because of the Kalil deal. Smith will be the quarterback of the secondary - a leader at safety that the Vikings haven't had since Darren Sharper.

All in all, the Vikings had one of the top drafts in 2012. I absolutely loved what they did.

Quarterback Christian Ponder remains the key to the Vikings next season but it appears this draft will help Ponder continue to develop into the QB the team hopes he can be.

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