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Spielman's meticulous method is working

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Rick Spielman brought new depth to the Vikings' player evaluation process when he arrived in Minnesota after the 2006 draft. A different grading system took some getting used to, but the results have helped produce a winning team and three Pro Bowlers (plus Jared Allen) in three drafts. See what Spielman wants out of his system and the results it has produced.

When Rick Spielman arrived in Minnesota following the 2006 NFL Draft, the Vikings' personnel department was very much in flux. They had just gotten rid of a one-year wonder in Fran Foley, who had a good reputation as a scout with the San Diego Chargers but apparently let the power of running a personnel department get to him. With threats to fire support staff and run-ins with other decision...

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