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Vikings' rookies earn some veteran praise

Harrison Smith (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)

The Vikings' rookie Class of 2012 was a big reason for the team's improvement over 2011, and several veterans sang their praises after the season.

Whether it was Adrian Peterson's incredible season, getting a full year of immersion into the schemes with the coordinators, more stability at quarterback or a better defense, there were several reasons for the improvement the Minnesota Vikings made in 2012. Another big one: An impressive rookie class that not only contributed but shined. First-round picks Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith were only...

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