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Mock drafts have Vikings high on wide receivers

We are now two weeks removed from the unofficial start of free agency. The Vikings were fairly active, signing six free agents from other teamsand keeping a bunch of their own. Veteran outside linebacker Chad Greenway is their only remaining free agent of note.

Now their focus shifts back to the draft.

By adding a pair of offensive linemen and bringing in a veteran safety to compete for a starting job at safety, the Vikings have addressed two of their biggest needs before the draft. But that won’t preclude them from selecting players at those two positions, perhaps even in the first round.

So which prospects do the national draftniks think the Vikings will target with the 23rd selection in their latest post-free-agency mock drafts? Here’s a hint: It’s one big need they did not tackle in free agency.

Pete Prisco, CBS Fuller, WR, Notre Dame. “They need speed outside and this kid can fly,” Prisco wrote. “He would quickly become Teddy Bridgewater's down-the-field option.”

Daniel Jeremiah, Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor. “Coleman would team up with Stefon Diggs to provide Teddy Bridgewater with two young and explosive playmakers,” Jeremiah wrote.

Will Brinson, CBS Josh Doctson, WR, TCU. “Doctson has great ball-control skills and is an all-around quality receiver,” he wrote. “There isn't a No. 1 on the Vikings yet and they need one for Teddy Bridgewater.”

Josh Norris, Rotoworld: Doctson. “All Josh Doctson did was show up at the NFL Combine, go through an entire workout and test like the top athlete at the position,” he wrote. “We all love his ability to make contested catches, floating in the air with outstanding body control. His routes are further ahead than given credit for. Teddy needs a receiver like Doctson.”

Chris Burke, Conklin, OT, Michigan State. “A more exciting selection would be the Vikings taking Doctson or another standout receiver like Corey Coleman or Michael Thomas,” Burke wrote. “Conklin could help more. Can the Vikings count on Matt Kalil or Phil Loadholt long-term? Do they believe in T.J. Clemmings? If the answer is no on either of those questions, they need a tackle.

Cris Collinsworth, Pro Football Focus: Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State. “Whitehair isn’t flashy, but he can play any position along the offensive line,” Collinsworth wrote. “Whitehair should be a better guard than tackle, but he will compete at either position. ... The Vikings have to get better along their offensive line, and this is a good step.”

Dane Brugler, CBS Coleman. “The Vikings need to surround Teddy Bridgewater with more talent and although Coleman requires a leap of faith due to his unpolished routes, it is only a matter of time before he makes an impact in the NFL,” Brugler wrote.

Bridgewater still needs to be cleared, but is expected to play

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is coming back from a concussion, had not yet been cleared to play in Sunday’s game in Oakland as of the end of Friday’s practice, according to coach Mike Zimmer.

That said, Zimmer remained confident that Bridgewater would play. “I don’t have any doubts,’’ Zimmer said.

Bridgewater needs to be cleared by an independent doctor before he’s officially cleared to play. He is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.

Here are some other injury updates:

--Zimmer did not say whether he expected linebackers Anthony Barr (hand injury) and Eric Kendricks (ribs) to play Sunday.  But it appears Barr is likely to play, Kendricks less so. Barr is listed as questionable while Kendricks is listed as doubtful. After practice ended Barr indicated he was ready to go.

Kendricks saw his first action of the week in Friday’s practice.

If Kendricks can’t go, it’s likely the Vikings would move Chad Greenway inside to middle linebacker and put second-year player Brandon Watts at Greenway’s outside linebacker spot. Another option would be to play recently-signed Jason Trusnik in the middle. But it appeared the Vikings were working with Greenway, Watts and Barr in the period of practice open to the media.

--CB Terence Newman, also going through the NFL Concussion protocol, practiced for a second straight day Friday and is listed as probable.

--DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle and knee) practiced fully Friday and is probable.  Other defensive linemen listed on the team’s injury report were DT Linval Joseph (foot), DE Brian Robison (ankle) and Justin Trattou (foot). Joseph and Robison are probable. Trattou has been ruled out for Sunday.

--CB/returner Marcus Sherels (shoulder) was limited in practice this week and is questionable.

--WR Cordarrelle Patterson (shoulder) is probable.

In one final note, TE Chase Ford has been added to the team’s practice squad, replacing S Brock Vereen.