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NFL Draft Week has finally arrived.

In just a few short days all of the questions spawn from speculation, discussion and news reports will be given answers over the course of three wildly unpredictable days. The Minnesota Vikings will enter an interesting situation without a first-round pick and three selections (48, 79, 86) in the top 100.

With these three early-round picks along with a pair of fourth-rounders and three other Day-3 selections, the Vikings have a number of holes to fill and edges to smooth over. This guide aims to find the middle ground on “need” and “value” in order to best project how Minnesota will operate this coming weekend.

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The Adrian Peterson saga has officially come to an end.

Or is it just beginning?

The former Minnesota Vikings star has officially signed a two-year, $7 million contract (with an option on the second year) with the New Orleans Saints, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

2 Days Until NFL Draft — About the Labor Podcast Episode 59

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Jordan Reid (The Viking Age) on to the show to give a final review of offensive prospects as it pertains to the Minnesota Vikings.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Prospect Review: Quarterbacks (1:51-15:24)
  • Prospect Review: Running Back (15:25-34:20)
  • Prospect Review: Wide Receiver (34:21-43:54)
  • Prospect Review: Tight End (43:55-50:04)
  • Prospect Review: Offensive Line (50:05-1:02:33)
  • Twitter Questions (1:02:34-01:13:45)
  • Final Takes (01:13:46-01:15:12)

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Mid-Round Sleepers for the Vikings
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Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has become notorious for finding mid-round steals since he took full reign as the franchise’s general manager in 2012.

A few of his ‘hits’ in the middle rounds the past few years include: Rhett Ellison, Jerick McKinnon, Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs.

Every draft class contains several “diamonds in the rough” that exceed their perceived stock. Whether it’s overcoming red flags or simply improving on a weakness, these players become “steals” of the draft.

Danielle Hunter is a prime example. He declared for the draft out of LSU as an extremely raw prospect who possessed Greek god-like physical tools. In just two years, he’s developed exponentially faster than anyone expected and is now perceived as one of the best young players in the NFL.

Which prospects are the Danielle Hunters of the 2017 draft class?

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Vikings Territory presents their 2017 NFL Draft Consensus Big Board

Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman
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The NFL Draft is always an exciting high point in the offseason, and more so when your favorite team is selecting early in the first round. Heck, it’s fun when your team’s “on the clock” at any point of the event’s first day.

But as you know, and have known since general manager Rick Spielman traded for Sam Bradford, the Minnesota Vikings do not have a first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Minnesota hitched its wagon to Bradford for the upcoming season, not a rookie quarterback or offensive tackle potentially taken with what could have been the 14th-overall pick.

Consequently, Spielman is left with a handful of options on Day 2 and Day 3. His first “war room” decision will come with Pick 48, followed by two third-round slots, two fourth-round slots, and one each in Round 5, 6, and 7. It’s impossible to predict what he’ll do with his deck of cards, but we hope to come to the table with a few ideas.

That’s why we’re introducing the 2017 Vikings Territory NFL Draft Big Board, a compilation of some of the Internet’s most popular prospect rankings. After the jump, check out the full consensus board and be sure to come back on Thursday; we’ll be updating live as the action gets underway!