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Lunch Break, 5/15: Vikings Draft Class Ranks No. 1

Two weeks removed from the 2015 NFL Draft — and one from the Winter Park debut of Vikings rookies — positive remarks about Minnesota's selections are continuing.

College Football 24/7 writers spotlighted Vikings draft picks in a variety of ways this week.

Mike Huguenin used the pre-draft rankings of NFL Media Senior Analyst Gil Brandt's Hot 100 list and assigned a reverse numerical value for a point system to evaluate all 32 teams (the No. 1 player was worth 100 points; the No. 2 player was worth 99).

Brandt had six players the Vikings selected in his Hot 100 (indicates the points that each player received from Huguenin for the tally):

No. 9 CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State (92)
No. 42 OT T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh (59)
No. 50 LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA (51)
No. 51 DE Danielle Hunter, LSU (50)
No. 76 OT Tyrus Thompson, Oklahoma (25)
No. 88 WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland (13)

That combination of players and values yielded 290 points, the most of any team, and that was with Rick Spielman not trading back into the first round for the first time as Vikings GM. Spielman, however, did trade down multiple times to turn seven picks into 10 by the time the draft ended.

Rounding out the top five: Browns (248; Cleveland had two first-round picks); Cowboys (237; although that is with an 86-point boost from non-drafted tackle La'el Collins); Falcons (233) and Jets (224).

In a different post for NFL.com, Chase Goodbread of College Football 24/7 listed Kendricks as one of 10 draft picks who landed with the "ideal team" this year. Goodbread wrote:

Being picked by the Philadelphia Eagles and teamed with his brother Mychal might have been the best of 32 possible fits for Kendricks, but count the Vikings as the second-best. His old college roommate and teammate at UCLA, Anthony Barr, will help make a ready-made prospect's transition even smoother. This from UCLA assistant coach Scott White, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "They are tighter than tight. They're the best of friends. They play off each other very well on the field. They have synergy, and I think that will continue on the Vikings."

Bryan Fischer, a colleague of Goodbread's, projected a list of the "top 100 NFL rookies of 2015" and placed first-round pick Waynes at 16, Kendricks at 25 and fifth-round pick Diggs at 81.

Quick Hitters:

Star Tribune's Howard Sinker reports former Vikings receiver Randy Moss will be selling autographs at Ridgedale as a fundraiser for to provide financial aid for players to attend a camp* *led by former Gophers and Vikings defensive back Tyrone Carter.

ESPN.com's Ben Goessling on changes to Winter Park that Head Coach Mike Zimmer has implemented going into his second year at the helm.

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