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

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Vikings 2013 Mock Draft: The Riskiest Pick Minnesota Can Make at Every Spot
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There are a number of strategies the Minnesota Vikings can employ and it's useful to explore all of them. Here, we'll see them take on a risky draft loaded with high-risk, high-reward players at every turn.

Sometimes, it means taking a chance on players who have exhibited off-the-field concerns with poor decisionmaking and questionable character. At other times, teams will find themselves investing in talented, but injury-prone players who struggle to get onto the field.

Either way, the returns could range from minimal to phenomenal, depending on whether they pan out. While the Detroit Lions and the Cincinnati Bengals get a bad rap for employing this strategy, Bill Belichick at the Patriots seems to have executed this strategy to a T.

They drafted a starter in the seventh-round in Alfonzo Dennard, and a backup quarterback who never saw a start with Matt Cassel. Ryan Mallett may also justify his gamble and Rob Gronkowski has already paid off in a huge way despite missing the entirety of his final season and undergoing back surgery before immediately declaring.

Last week, we took a look at the safest pick the Vikings could make at every position and this week, we'll tackle the players who scream "upside": an oft-used word that describes the capability of a player to make position coaches salivate with what a player can become rather than what he seems to be right now.

Any seven-round draft will have players drafted more for their potential than for current on-field production, but it's fun to go off the deep end and do that at every turn. We'll roll the dice with players who have character concerns, shaky injury histories and unrefined raw athleticism.


Arif Hasan writes for the Daily Norseman. You can follow his twitter account, @ArifHasanDN: 

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