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Minnesota Vikings Fill Needs with Flurry of Draft Picks

The Minnesota Vikings may not have had a first-round pick in the recent NFL draft, but they may have added some talent through the sheer number of picks they had.

Vikings enthusiast Todd Walkingstick of Owatonna attended the team’s draft party Saturday and was thrilled with the results. He told KRFO radio, “I didn’t want to leave U.S. Bank Stadium. I was so excited.”

Minnesota’s first pick came in Friday’s second round, going with Dalvin Cook out of Florida State. Walkingstick looks at him as a tremendous athlete. Offensive lineman Pat Elflein of Ohio State was the Vikings’ third-round pick. Walkingstick views the Buckeyes as an NFL production machine. He said, “You got to be ecstatic about Friday.”

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Saturday was a whirlwind of trades and picks, with Minnesota adding nine players on the day, bringing their total haul to 11 players. That’s the most since the draft was 12 rounds in 1992, Walkingstick said.

Walkingstick believes the offensive line will be more stable and that the team filled many of its needs. A big tight end, a couple of receivers and a linebacker who excelled on special teams with Michigan all leave him excited for training camp in Mankato in July.

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