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Editorial: Vikings draft is good start for 2013

As snow fades away on this warm spring weekend, it is time to consider one of the important events of the year — the NFL draft.

Minnesota’s favorite team — the Vikings — pulled off a major move Thursday night in securing two defensive firstround picks and then scored a major trade to get another firstround pick that they used for a wide receiver.

Not a bad draft night for General Manager Rick Spielman at Winter Park.

The Vikings selected defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd of Florida with the 23rd and soon followed by choosing cornerback Xavier Rhodes of Florida State at 25th. The two are expected to become important defensive players in the future.

Within the hour, the Vikings pulled off a major trade with New England to secure the 29th first-round pick of the Patriots, giving up one pick each in Rounds 2, 3, 4 and 7.

This enabled the Vikings to select a young talented wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee.

With no more picks Friday night — barring a trade — Minnesota football fans spent most of Friday savoring the Vikings new first-rounders, who all addressed major needs. And no one was talking about draft picks of that green and yellow team.

All in all, this is a good start on the 2013 season for the Vikings.