Greg Smith, US PRESSWIRE
April 27, 2012
Let's face it, the Minnesota Vikings entered the 2012 draft with holes seemingly everywhere. Few teams did more on draft day to address many weaknesses than the Vikings. General manager Rick Spielman masterfully played the board, getting two picks from the Browns to drop down one spot and still pick up the left tackle they needed in Southern Cal's Matt Kalil, moving up to add an instant starter in safety Harrison Smith at No. 29 (both above) and adding ultra-athletic cornerback Josh Robinson (UCF) in the third. The Vikings had seven third-day picks and used them wisely, addressing their lack of playmakers outside of Percy Harvin and star running back Adrian Peterson -- recovering from a torn ACL. The Vikings added two-thirds of a talented senior crop of Arkansas Razorbacks receivers, landing Jarius Wright in the third round and Greg Childs in the fifth. The duo has big-play potential to aid young quarterback Christian Ponder's development. Watch out for each of the Vikings' seventh-round picks -- linebacker Audie Cole and defensive end Trevor Guyton -- to surprise.