The balance of power in the NFC North shifted when the Vikings hired Rick Spielman to make their personnel decisions in 2006. Since then, the Packers are 38-26 with one NFC North title, a wild-card berth and a trip to the NFC title game. The Vikings are 36-28 with two NFC North titles, no wild-card berths and a trip to the NFC title game.
What's been the difference? Compare the teams' first- through third-round picks.
Advantage: Too early to tell, of course, but the Vikings figure to get more immediate bang for their buck.
Advantage: Draw for now. Who becomes a key figure first? Allen or Packers versatile fourth-rounder T.J. Lang?
Advantage: Vikings. Allen is one of the most dominating defensive players in the NFL. For all of Brett Favre's theatrics in the two matchups against Green Bay, it was Allen's 7.5 sacks in those games that made the biggest difference. Finley, however, has a chance to become the best tight end in the NFL, and fourth-round guard Josh Sitton helps close the gap, too.
Advantage: Vikings by a landslide. This draft is the No. 1 reason why the Vikings caught and passed the Packers. No further analysis is necessary.
Advantage: Vikings. Jennings is a phenomenal talent, but Greenway is better than Hawk and Griffin was an above-average starting corner until tearing up his knee last season. Colledge, Spitz and Cook have been decent starting offensive linemen. While Minnesota got defensive end Ray Edwards in the fourth round, the Packers got defensive end Johnny Jolly in the sixth.
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