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If you google Minnesota Vikings draft needs for 2013, the first 10 pages will chronicle how much the Vikings need a WR, or two, or three.
There have also been many articles written about their quarterback Christian Ponder, some good, most bad. The argument can be made for both sides, but one thing is clear, Minnesota had one of the worst receiving corps in the NFL in 2012. When Percy Harvin went down most thought the Vikings might not win another game, let alone 10 total and a surprising Wild Card Spot.
But don't be fooled, this team needs help in a few areas and here are a few names to watch for at this year's East-West Shrine Game.
Now, let me state up front, I am not predicting the Vikings will draft any of these players, but I am saying that the following young men at least warrant an evaluation.
Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech: 6-4, 225, 4.5/40.
I have chronicled Davis in past Vikings articles as a big, deep threat. He is more suited for the outside, is a big body and good blocker. His year was marred by Logan Thomas's terrible year. He has the potential to be a starter in year one, definitely year two as he adjusts to the NFL game and speed. Davis could go anywhere from round two to four. Much depends on team preference and likeability.
Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech: 6-3, 200, 4.5/40.
Fuller had somewhat of a breakout year for the Hokies with 45 catches for 834 yards and six touchdowns. An 18.5 YPC average will get a lot of attention and Fuller's 4.5 speed will garner some attention as well. He is not as polished as Davis but upside is there. Fuller is probably a later round draftee, but a good East-West game and strong combine could elevate his draft selection.
Dan Buckner, Arizona: 6-4, 211, 4.6/40.
Buckner definitely missed Nick Foles this year, and sometimes when the stats aren't there the draft stock can drop. Buckner took over in the Juron Criner position and had a good season. He lacks burst, which makes him a mid to late round pick. He could go anywhere from round 4 to seven. That much disparity raises questions about a few areas, most notably, attitude. But with his height and decent speed, Buckner is a receiver to watch this weekend.
Keenan Davis, Iowa: 6-2, 215, 4.5/40.
Davis is ranked No. 32 in nfldraftscout.com and therefore would place him as a late round selection. Iowa had a poor season, but Davis did his part by leading the team in receptions with 47, but the 12.1 YPC average is down from the 14.2 the previous year. He had an opportunity to be a breakout guy with McNutt's departure, but it didn't materialize. Davis looks to be a late round selection, maybe.