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2012 NFL Draft Order: Colts, Rams, Vikings Take Top 3 Picks

While the NFL playoff picture is still far from set, the early set of games did provide some clarity for the 2012 NFL Draft. With a 19-13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in their final game of the season, the Indianapolis Colts locked up the No. 1 pick in the draft for the first team since 1998, when they selected Peyton Manning.

The St. Louis Rams have been no stranger to the top of the draft, as the 2012 NFL Draft will mark the fourth time in the past five years that the Rams have had a Top 2 pick. The Rams clinched the second pick with a 34-27 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams selected Jason Smith No. 2 overall in the 2009 NFL draft and selected Chris Long No. 2 overall in the 2008 NFL draft.

The third pick belongs to the Minnesota Vikings, who fell to the Chicago Bears in their season-finale. The last team that the Minnesota Vikings had a pick in the Top 10, they selected Adrian Peterson with the No. 7 pick in the 2007 draft.

Be sure to visit Stampede Blue, Turf Show Times and Daily Norseman for the latest updates on all these teams leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.