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Louisville's DeVante Parker meeting with Minnesota Vikings


At Louisville's pro day March 11, Cardinals wide receiver DeVante Parker told reporters he had met with four teams, and he is visiting one of those teams Wednesday.

Parker told reporters he had meetings with Miami, Minnesota, San Diego and San Francisco, and NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport is reporting Parker is at the Vikings' offices meeting with them again.

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That the Vikings would be interested in Parker isn't surprising. One, they need a wide receiver. Two, they pick 11th overall, where Parker should be available. And third, it would reunite Parker with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, whom he played with for three seasons at Louisville.

Parker has good size (6-foot-2 5/8, 209 pounds) and speed (4.45 in the 40 at the combine); he has a nice catch radius, too, thanks to his leaping ability (36.5-inch vertical leap), long arms (33 1/4 inches) and height.

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Parker as the No. 8 prospect available in the draft, saying he is a Day One starter, and calls him and fellow receivers Amari Cooper and Kevin White "three of the safest players in the draft."

Parker goes in the first round in all six mock drafts done by NFL Media analysts, and three have him going to the Vikings at No. 11.

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While Parker certainly would be a viable selection at No. 11, the Vikings also should be in the market for an offensive lineman, a cornerback and a linebacker. They could have their pick of corners with their first selection, and most of the top offensive linemen should be on the board at that spot, as well. The potential exists that a pass-rushing linebacker also could be available, though it seems likely that at least three of the best will be gone.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



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