As much as Vikings fans and executives want to believe the crop of 2012 draftees will all pan out, the truth is we don't really know how all this potential will translate into the NFL.
• Doug Chapman, RB, third round, 2000: Was described as a strong pass catcher who could be a third-down back. In reality: Rushed for 317 yards and caught 17 passes in his career.
• Eric Kelly, DB, third round, 2001: Coach Dennis Green said the Vikings had him ranked in their top 30 players available in the entire draft. In reality: Started 23 games in three seasons before being released.
• Raonall Smith, LB, second round, 2002: Was described as a workout warrior who would benefit from the Vikings' defensive system. In reality: Was somewhat limited by injuries but played in only 30 games for the Vikings, making 64 tackles.
• Onterrio Smith, RB, fourth round, 2003: Described himself as the "Steal of the Draft." In reality: Ran for more than 500 yards in both 2003 and 2004 ... but then introduced us all to the Whizzinator and never played in the NFL again.
• Dontarrious Thomas, LB, second round, 2004: Regarded as a hard hitter and a sure tackler who played with good discipline. In reality: Started 10 games and made 105 tackles in his Vikings career.
• Troy Williamson, WR, first round, 2005: "He was a guy that our coaches and scouts all had as the No. 1 receiver on our board," Mike Tice said when Williamson was drafted. In reality: Caught 79 passes in three seasons with the Vikings, dropping what seemed like an equal amount.
• Tarvaris Jackson, QB, second round, 2006: Described by Brad Childress as "a piece of clay" who "has all the skills." In reality: Started 20 games with the Vikings and never established himself as the franchise QB.
• Marcus McCauley, DB, third round, 2007: Touted as a physical cornerback who could compete for a spot in the nickel defense and play on special teams. In reality: Played 26 games (10 starts) with the Vikings without recording an interception.
• Tyrell Johnson, DB, second round, 2008: Described by Rick Spielman as a "complete safety" who was good near the line of scrimmage or in coverage. In reality: He did not succeed in either area, and the Vikings' continued search for a safety led them to take Harrison Smith on Thursday.
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija||1|
|St. Louis||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Milwaukee||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Toronto||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|LA Angels||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Atlanta||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Baltimore||0||Top 1st Inning|
|NY Yankees||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Seattle||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Chicago WSox - F. Paulino||7:05 PM|
|Texas - M. Perez|
|Minnesota - R. Nolasco||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - J. Vargas|
|Philadelphia - J. Pettibone||7:40 PM|
|Colorado - T. Chatwood|
|Houston - J. Cosart||9:05 PM|
|Oakland - S. Gray|
|San Francisco - M. Cain||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - T. Ross|
|Arizona - W. Miley||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - Z. Greinke|
|Montreal||0||1st Prd 15:32|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|