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Vikings hold high standards for rookies

Jasper Brinkley (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)

Each of the Vikings 2009 draft picks has started at least one game for the 11-2 team. How is that possible? The veterans, and one suddenly vital rookie, explain.

More times than not, when an NFL team has a handful of rookies that are either starters or key contributors, it's a sign of a team with plenty of holes. Yet, the 11-2 Vikings, despite having just a five-man 2009 draft class, have seen all five step into the lineup and start at least one game this season. Percy Harvin and Phil Loadholt have been full-time offensive starters and, due to... Recommended Stories