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NFL.com Ranks Vikings 5th in Roster Talent

Talent alone doesn't win games in the NFL, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

The Vikings have worked to add talent and depth throughout their roster, something NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks noted in a recent article.

Brooks looked up and down each roster to find the most talented teams in the NFL, and ranked the Vikings at No. 5.

Brooks listed some players as "blue chip" players, meaning they are considered among the top players in the NFL at their respective positions.

He listed seven Vikings in that category: running back Adrian Peterson, tight end Kyle Rudolph, defensive tackle Linval Joseph, defensive end Everson Griffen, linebacker Anthony Barr, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrison Smith.

Brooks also mentioned a few rising stars on each team, giving that nod to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and linebacker Eric Kendricks.

Here's what Brooks had to say:

The Vikings are built to be a heavyweight contender in the NFC for the next few seasons. Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer have assembled a championship-caliber roster that features a number of blue-chip talents with a blue-collar mentality at the marquee positions. On defense, the Vikings have a set of energetic pass rushers (Griffen and Barr) to complement a rock-solid defensive tackle adept at swallowing up blockers (Joseph). Smith is the NFL's best-kept secret between the hashes. The fifth-year pro is not only a wily ball hawk, but he delivers devastating blows to pass catchers venturing over the middle. With Rhodes showing promise as a CB1, the Vikings' defense can spearhead a Super Bowl push with little assistance from an offense that's led by the unstoppable Peterson.

The Vikings are coming off an 11-5 season and their first NFC North title since 2009.

John Randle ranked among best undrafted free agents

Former Vikings defensive end John Randle recorded 137.5 sacks in his 14-year career, an achievement that was good enough to get him elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Not bad for an undrafted free agent.

Randle signed with the Vikings out of Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1990 and went on to spend the next 11 seasons in Minnesota. 

Gil Brandt of NFL.com recently looked at his top 30 undrafted free agents of all time, with Randle coming in at No. 12.

Randle, one of the 50 Greatest Vikings, made seven Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro six times in his illustrious career.

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