Click around the different sports websites and blogs, and you’ll find the Vikings listed near the top of numerous “Draft Grades” and “Best of the Draft” lists. Their haul of players, which includes Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes and UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, is expected to contribute early and often. Below, a quick look at the newest members of the Minnesota Vikings:
Of the 10 players selected by general manager Rick Spielman, it’s not difficult to imagine six or seven playing a starting or rotational role this season. All ten will attend the Vikings’ rookie minicamp later this week (May 8-11), where they’ll get to meet their positional coaches, run through basic walkthroughs, and begin the process of absorbing an NFL playbook. There, head coach Mike Zimmer and his staff will get their first look at players they’ve only seen through film or from stadium seats.