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Bryant McKinnie

The Vikings' top selection in each of the past five drafts are all starters, or even stars, on the present team. It's a testament to recent drafts and the potential this team has with its nucleus.

The jury might still be out to a certain degree, but it looks at this point as if the Vikings now have a five-year streak of successful first-round draft picks around which the nucleus of the team's future success will be built. In fact, from 1998 to 2002 the team has connected solidly with their (early) first-round picks. Granted, there's the first-round fiasco that was Dimitrius Underwood with...

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