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In other non-stadium Vikings news, draft picks restore order

Last season was a rough one for Vikings fans, but the upshot to a bad season is that you get a better draft pick. The Star Tribune breaks down a dizzying array of maneuvers that resulted in the Vikings getting two picks during the first round.

The bottom-line is that the Vikings added Matt Kalil from USC to their offensive line. ESPN blogger Kevin Siefert praises the work of Vikings General Manager in the draft, "Rick Spielman restores order for Vikings." Siefert places the pick in a broader context, "Spielman drafted Kalil because the immediate future of the franchise depends on creating a more comfortable environment for quarterback Christian Ponder."

They also selected Harrison Smith a safety from Notre Dame. Smith joins three other players from Notre Dame that play for the Vikings.