Minnesota Vikings: What to Watch for at the OTAs

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Minnesota Vikings: What to Watch for at the OTAs
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Cordarrelle Patterson (84) and Xavier Rhodes (29) are two of the Vikings' three first-round picks expected to make an impact in 2013.

The Minnesota Vikings open their OTAs on May 28 with potentially their youngest roster since 1965. According to data from Pro-Football-Reference.com, the Vikings' 2012 roster had an average age of 25.5 years—and that was before the team released 35-year-old Antoine Winfield and 30-year-old Michael Jenkins.

Depending on how many of the Vikings' nine new draft picks—and numerous rookie free agents—wind up on the final 53-man roster, this could end up being the youngest team in franchise history.

The Vikings have been very successful in the draft since 2009, with 12 players either starting or making significant contributions. Since 2007, when the Vikings selected Adrian Peterson seventh overall, every first-round draft pick has become a starter—including the departed Percy Harvin.

With three first-round picks from the 2013 NFL draft, there will be plenty to keep an eye on as the team progresses to training camp that opens in late July. 

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