Spielman Embraces Importance Of 2012 Draft For Vikings Future

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 25, 2012 – 6:29 am

The Vikings have a 9-23 record over the past two seasons, are experiencing high roster turnover this offseason and hold 10 selections in this year’s draft, including 6 picks in the first 4 rounds. Suffice it to say, the 2012 NFL Draft is a pivotal moment for the Vikings.

“No, I’m very excited about it,” Spielman responded when asked if he feels added pressure this year. “I know that this is my responsibility. My name is on this but I think my name has been on all of the other drafts in the past and I have the utmost confidence in the work that has been done and I have the utmost confidence in the people that get us prepared for this draft.”

This year’s draft is the first for Spielman as General Manager of the Vikings. He’s been in charge of the Vikings draft since joining the club after the 2006 draft, but going forward Spielman will have final say on all decisions, a position the long-time NFL personnel man embraces.

But while Spielman embraces that responsibility, he’s also cognizant of the complete effort required to prepare an organization for the NFL draft. It should come as no surprise that Spielman is so in tune with the process given the fact that he began his career as a college scout with the Detroit Lions in 1990 and has worked his way up the ladder over 22 NFL seasons in the front office and countless hours grinding away watching tape, hashing issues out in personnel meetings and going through medical and psychological reports.

“This is a great team effort,” Spielman said at his annual pre-draft press conference on Tuesday, “and we have a great group of people that put a lot of their time and energy into this thing to hopefully have a very successful draft coming up. It’s going to be a very exciting draft.”

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