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Minnesota Vikings 2013 first-round mock draft

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How NFL.com analysts are projecting the first-round picks for the Minnesota Vikings in the 2013 NFL Draft:


Matt "Money" Smith

No. 23: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

If he's there, it's a steal. There's no player I like more in the draft. The Vikings upgrade the defensive line with Williams, and they'll get their receiver with the 25th pick thanks to the Percy Harvin trade to Seattle.

No. 25: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Too many questions, too little experience. But when you have a free pick, why not go after the best athlete in the draft.
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Charles Davis

No. 23: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

The real question is whether or not this dart actually lasts until this pick (see: the Bills and Jets as possibilities in the top 10). Yes, Sam Bradford, your front office is trying to help you.

No. 25: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

The Vikings need to get younger along defensive front. Werner can help complement Jared Allen from the opposite side.
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Daniel Jeremiah

No. 23: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

With Jasper Brinkley gone, the Vikings have a need at middle linebacker. Te'o would be a Day 1 starter who could fit in easily, considering the number of former Notre Dame players on the Vikings' roster.

No. 25: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

The Vikings could elect to reel in a wideout with this selection, but there will be plenty of options at that position later on in the draft. Kevin Williams is no longer the dominant player he once was; Jesse Williams would fortify the interior of the Vikings defensive line.
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Bucky Brooks

No. 23: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

Te'o's solid performance at his pro day workout confirmed he can excel as a tackle-to-tackle defender in the middle of a 4-3 scheme.

No. 25: Keenan Allen, WR, California

Allen is not the quickest nor the most explosive receiver in the draft, but he is the most polished player at his position, possessing the skills to thrive as a No. 1 receiver in any offense. With Christian Ponder still refining his game as a pocket passer, the addition of Allen could help the Vikings' offense make significant strides in 2013.
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Akbar Gbajabiamila

No. 23: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

After losing Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson, the Rams have a perfect opportunity to draft Austin, who can play multiple receiver positions.

No. 25: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

The linebacker corps could use some improvement; Jones would be a fantastic upgrade.
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Gil Brandt

No. 23: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Patterson has enormous upside, but because the former junior college player has limited high-level experience, he might not look that good as a rookie. Former Tennessee coach (and current Cowboys receivers coach) Derek Dooley told me that he loves Patterson, but said it's important to remember he hasn't had much experience. He catches the ball very well, which he showed at his pro day.

No. 25: Johnathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Some wonder if he's fast enough to play the corner position, but he makes up for any lack of speed with knowledge and long arms (33 inches). He reminds me a lot of Everson Walls, who played for the Cowboys, Giants and Browns in the 1980s and '90s. Banks has really good ball skills.
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Charley Casserly

No. 23: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

This inconsistent Purdue product can play like a first-rounder ... or a third-rounder.

No. 25: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

Superior football instincts make up for underwhelming timed speed.
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Josh Norris

No. 23: Keenan Allen, WR, California

Tavon Austin would seem like a logical replacement for Percy Harvin, but I do not expect him to last this long. Allen creates separation with burst in and out of his breaks and also possesses reliable hands.

No. 25: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State

From my desk chair, Brown is a top-10 talent in this draft and can play inside linebacker or line up on the weak side. Flip on the 2011 tape against Robert Griffin III's Baylor team to catch a glimpse of his range.
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MOCK DRAFT CENTRAL

AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans
AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Redskins*
NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints
NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks*
* Do not have first-round picks

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