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A look inside the Vikings' war room

Rick Spielman says he sleeps great the night before the NFL Draft, but will "wake up with butterflies" on draft morning. The Vikings' general manager knows he has to remain calm during the intense hours inside the team's war room. But he's also ready for jubilation if a player they covet unexpectedly slips to them, like Adrian Peterson did in 2007.
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Rick Spielman says he sleeps great the night before the NFL Draft, but will "wake up with butterflies" on draft morning. The Vikings' general manager knows he has to remain calm during the intense hours inside the team's war room. But he's also ready for jubilation if a player they covet unexpectedly slips to them, like Adrian Peterson did in 2007.

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