Chart: Narrowing down the list of players the Vikings might take

  • Updated: April 25, 2013 - 12:47 AM

With two first-round picks Thursday, Nos. 23 and 25 overall, the Vikings have a chance to make a splash early in the draft.

What makes sense?

With two first-round picks Thursday, Nos. 23 and 25 overall, the Vikings have a chance to make a splash early in the draft. So who might they target? Here are six players to watch:

 

MANTI TE’O

Notre Dame middle linebacker

Why it makes sense: The Vikings need a starting MLB. And in 2012, Te’o was the emotional leader and playmaking linchpin for the 12-1 Irish.

Reason to pass: Lacks elite speed. Plus that whole fake girlfriend hoax soap opera could bring an unwanted and exhausting media swarm.

KEVIN MINTER

LSU middle linebacker

Why it makes sense: If you get past his ordinary combine numbers and simply zero in on film, Minter is proven as an alert and aggressive run-stopper.

Reason to pass: Might be a half-step too slow for what the Vikings want their MLBs to accomplish in coverage.

KEENAN ALLEN

Cal receiver

Why it makes sense: Allen might not have eye-popping speed. But he is proficient at making catches in traffic, blessed with the instincts on how to use his 6-3, 205-pound frame.

Reason to pass: Without top-end speed, he doesn’t project to be a consistent deep threat, which is what the Vikings offense needs most.

JUSTIN HUNTER

Tennessee receiver

Why it makes sense: Christian Ponder could use an outside speed guy. Hunter is that. He’s 6-4 with long strides and ran the 40 in 4.43 seconds at the combine.

Reason to pass: The depth at receiver this year gives the Vikings the potential luxury of waiting into Round 2 to grab a quality pass catcher.

XAVIER RHODES º

Florida State cornerback

Why it makes sense: In a division with Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall, a corner with Rhodes’ size (6-1, 210), speed and physicality would be hard to ignore if available.

Reason to pass: Rhodes is at his best in press coverage and might not be the ideal fit in a zone-heavy Vikings defense.

SYLVESTER WILLIAMS

North Carolina defensive tackle

Why it makes sense: In the search for a successor to Kevin Williams, Sylvester Williams’ combination of power and quickness makes him a matchup headache.

Reason to pass: His two-year stop at UNC was filled with inconsistency and he might have stamina issues.

 

Also keep an eye on: Alec Ogletree, Georgia LB; Robert Woods, Southern Cal WR; Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee WR; D.J. Hayden, Houston CB

DAN WIEDERER

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Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 0 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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