PHOENIX, Ariz. - The NFL's Spring Meetings offer team owners, general managers and coaches the chance to come together to make decisions about the season ahead, but since the league's new year began last Tuesday, Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman has already made lots of decisions.
The Vikings traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to Seattle. That netted the team three draft picks, including a first and a seventh round pick this season. There is also a third round pick in the 2014 draft.
That move left a significant hole in an already weak group of wide receivers, but Spielman and company were able to wait out the first couple of days of free agency and ultimately woo free agent wide receiver Greg Jennings away from the Green Bay Packers.
With a quality receiver in place, the Vikings could go in a number of directions with their first round pick, No. 23 and the pick acquired from Seattle, No. 25.
"I think it's a very deep draft," Spielman said. "When you look at the top of the first round all the way down to where we're picking at 23 and 25."
The Vikings were able to sign backup quarterback Matt Cassel. They also resigned fullback Jerome Felton and Phil Loadholt, which keeps the entire group of blockers in place for Adrian Peterson and the No. 2 rushing attack in the NFL.
Spielman still has holes to fill, most importantly at cornerback, middle linebacker and wide receiver.He also hasa defensive line with key players aging.
With a pair of first round picks, plenty of needs and quality to choose from, which direction Spielman goes on draft day should be exciting for Vikings fans to watch.
"If there's potentially a player there once we get through our meetings that we are really targeting, (we can do that)," Spielman said. "Since we do have the ammunition, now we can move up, but we also have the ability to move back due to the depth of this draft."
Draft experts are on record saying that this year's draft is a deep one. There aren't a ton of stars at the top of the draft, but if a team is picking in the middle to the end of the first round, they should be able to find quality players at an even more affordable price.
"I don't know how much of a separation there is in that type of talent, so I'm very happy that we are picking low and very happy that there is a lot of talent that we think can come in and help our ball club," Spielman said.
The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 25 and runs through Saturday, April 27.