Every year since GM Rick Spielman joined the club in 2007 (back then as VP of Player Personnel), the Vikings have held a “Top 30 visit,” in which 30 prospects in the upcoming draft are invited to Winter Park over the course of two days. This year’s visit is occurring as we speak, and we mention it here because it’s the most recent significant event in the build up to the 2012 NFL Draft.
While it’s titled the “Top 30 visit,” the athletes invited are not necessarily the best 30 prospects on the Vikings draft board. Rather, the 30 athletes at Winter Park are a collection of 30 prospects that, for whatever reason, the Vikings personnel and coaching staffs want to see up close and personal another time. This year, though, with the Vikings slated to pick 3rd overall, the guest list includes plenty of blue-chip players.
For sensitivity reasons, we won’t list the 30 players who’ve arrived at Winter Park. If the Vikings wanted people to know who was present at the Top 30 visit, they’d publish the names. But it’s worth noting on the vikings.com Blog that Spielman, Head Coach Leslie Frazier and the Vikings entire personnel and coaching staff are hard at work trying to evaluate this year’s draft class in what will surely be a pivotal draft for the Vikings as they try to re-build this roster.
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