Vikings 2013 Mock Draft: The 'Smartest' Pick Minnesota Can Make at Every Spot

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Vikings 2013 Mock Draft: The 'Smartest' Pick Minnesota Can Make at Every Spot
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The Minnesota Vikings have solidified their draft spot for 2013, and have important offseason decisions to make if they want to repeat their playoff run.

The Vikings rank in the middle of Pythagorean projections—projections based off of overall margin of victory—and ranked just 23rd in overall efficiency, a sure sign that a team might not be as good as it thinks it is.

With that in mind, it will be much more difficult for Minnesota to stave off a drop in performance and 'regress to the mean' towards an 8-8 record than it will be to repeat. In order to replicate its success, the offseason needs to be nearly flawless, and that means an intelligent draft.

While my optimal strategy is to trade picks to find the best value, the Vikings might not necessarily like trading out of the first round to reload in the second.

With that in mind, the smartest moves at any particular pick will be a combination of safer picks, drafting for value, and managed risk. That means this mock will avoid upside with risks and will try to project the highest value and lowest risk at positions the Vikings need to replenish if they want to continue their return to relevance.

That doesn't mean this is the optimal draft for the Vikings—merely one of the safest.

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