His first draft in full control and Minnesota has arguably the (EDIT: It's) best draft of THIS CENTURY.
As for the picking early-argument. I'm sorry, but that's a pretty weak argument considering that, outside of a Pro Bowl left tackle with our first pick, we got two future Pro Bowlers in positions of great need, one who people thought was a reach. And another who had a terrible last year. Plus, he drafted four others who were good contributions to the team with the later picks, with potential to be great. Oh... and he also made a pure GENIUS move to trade out of the 3rd overall pick and STILL get the player we wanted.
As for the other GM stuff. He drafted a cancer, got great value in return. Signed one of the best wide receivers in the past five years and signed a backup QB who has been to the Pro Bowl in the past and still is fairly young. To a low price.
Us fans should be praising him as a genius by now. If he has even half the success in this draft I will still be happy.
Honestly... I didn't have much of a issue with that because... well quite frankly we did suck. But after such an epic season where we witnessed the ridiculousness of Adrian "Terminator" Peterson and many other highlights THAT'S when I think the negativity is too much. I think it's also hurting this site. Unfortunately. Eventually, negativity will not make people come back.
2000 - pfff! Not one Pro Bowler. Best pick was maybe Chris Hovan.
2001 - Nope. Only really good pick was Michael Bennett, but he was a first rounder.
2002- Best was Bryant McKinnie in the first round. So no.
2003 - Definitely best so far with Kevin Williams and E.J. Henderson.
2004 - Back to terrible again.. and beyond. Best pick was Mewelde Moore. A 3rd down back. LOL.
2005 - When you though it couldn't get worse the Vikings draft Troy Williamson and Erasmus James in the first round.
2006 - Looking better. Chad Greenway being the best of the bunch.
2007 - WELL WELL WELL... TAKE A LOOK AT THAT! Spielman's first year with the Vikings and we have the best draft so far. Adrian Peterson almost alone makes this draft the best.
2008 - John Sullivan was a steal, but that's the only good that came out of that draft.
2009 - Good draft. Percy Harvin was amazing WHEN he played. Loadholt has developed nicely.
2010 - Everson Griffin looks like he can be a starter. Chris Cook too. Otherwise, meh!
2011 - Kyle Rudolph is the best pick so far.
2012 - One year has past and we already have one of the most elite LT's in the NFL, statistically the best kicker in the whole league (who already has broken records), a safety that could be a nominee for Defensive Rookie of the Year. A TE that has played far above his value. The fastest corner in the draft with good potential, a wide receiver who looks promising, etc.
... So explain why you do NOT think our last draft was the best? Wait a second, you thought I meant best draft OUT OF ALL NFL TEAMS? Ops... what I meant was the best draft out of the MInnesota's drafts in the last century. Haha oh well... still, Spielman has obviously done a good job so far.