By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Article originally posted to VikingsJournal.com...
Minneapolis, MN - It's an imperfect science, predicting player progression throughout a career. The variables are too great. Some come into the league guns a blazing and take it by storm (Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III). Others come in under different circumstances, they find some time to learn on the sidelines and then when the iron is hot, they strike (Aaron Rodgers). Still others nobody could have predicted. They landed in the right system, matured at the right time and spread their wings when opportunity came knocking (Tom Brady). These variables are exactly what makes it so interesting to track the progression of players in the NFL.
Today, let's take a look at a group of Minnesota Vikings second-year players to see how they are tracking, break them down and pick one to flourish and one to flop.
The 2013 NFL Draft was top heavy for the Minnesota Vikings. With Rick Spielman's newfound aggression on draft day, the Vikings walked away from day one with three first round players (Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson). Day two was quiet as the team had no picks after their day one moves and day three rounded out with six more players hoping to provide depth to a team in transition (Gerald Hodges, Jeff Locke, Jeff Baca, Michael Mauti, Travis Bond and Everett Dawkins).