After publishing a massive amount of information during the three-day draft, here is a very quick summary on the Vikings' draft picks.
After a draft that took 15 hours and eight minutes, the Vikings came away with 10 picks. Here is a cursory look at the newest Vikings:
Tight end Kyle Rudolph
: Rudolph was projected as a first-round pick by some, so the Vikings grabbed him when he was still around with the 43rd overall selection. Should step in and play an immediate role in this offense and could be used in two-tight end sets with Visanthe Shiancoe
Defensive tackle Christian Ballard
: With defensive tackle Kevin Williams
facing a potential four-game suspension to begin the season, Ballard could have an opportunity to see playing time right away.
A closer look at the Vikings' picks:
Round 1/12 - Christian Ponder, QB, 6-1, 227, Florida State: Ponder's intelligence and experience in a pro-style offense were two big selling points. Could have chance to start in 2011.
Round 2/43 - Kyle Rudolph, TE, 6-6, 266, Notre Dame: Rudolph fell in the draft in part because of a severe hamstring injury that required season-ending surgery in October. Says he is 100 percent now.
Round 4/106 - Christian Ballard, DT, 6-4, 290, Iowa: Has the ability to play both end and tackle but is expected to be used inside. Refused to address reports that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Round 5/139 - Brandon Burton, CB, 5-11, 190,Utah: Will provide much-needed depth at the corner position and likely will compete with backup Asher Allen. The Vikings needed insurance with starting right corner Cedric Griffin having torn the ACL in both knees over the past two years. His presence means that veterans Lito Sheppard and Frank Walker likely won't be brought back.
Round 6/168 - DeMarcus Love, G/T, 6-4, 315, Arkansas: Versatile lineman started 26 games for Arkansas at left tackle and could be seen as the eventual replacement for Bryant McKinnie.
Round 6/170 - Mistral Raymond, CB, 6-2, 192, South Florida: Projected as a cornerback but also has the ability to play safety.
Round 6/172 - Brandon Fusco, C/G, 6-4, 306, Slippery Rock: Played center in college and could push starter John Sullivan and backup Jon Cooper.
Round 6/200 - Ross Homan, LB, 6-0, 229, Ohio State: Will be expected to make his mark initially on special teams.
Round 7/215 - D'Aundre Reed, DE, 6-4, 258, Arizona: A backup for much of his time in college, this appears to be a project pick.
Round 7/236 - Stephen Burton, WR, 6-1, 221, West Texas A&M: Ability to return kickoffs and punts increased his role and helped to get him drafted.