NFL Draft 2013: Top 5 Players the Minnesota Vikings Will Consider at No. 23

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NFL Draft 2013: Top 5 Players the Minnesota Vikings Will Consider at No. 23
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Coming off a 10-6 season and a playoff berth, the Minnesota Vikings have more to be excited about than originally anticipated. But after being bounced from the playoffs by the Green Bay Packers, most fans are turning to the 2013 NFL Draft for hope leading into next season.

Let's be honest. Most people still have serious questions about Christian Ponder, aside from his relationship status. However, it's hard to deny how he finished the season.

After a downright abysmal showing in Green Bay during Week 13, Ponder finished the season 4-0 to propel the Vikings into the playoffs. He had three TDs and zero INTs in his last game of the season.

OK, some guy named Adrian Peterson may have also helped in that stretch.

The point is the Vikings are not selecting a quarterback with the 23rd pick. Forget about Matt Barkley. Forget about Tyler Wilson. Let other teams reach for those players.

Minnesota's most glaring need in the first round is wide receiver. While I love the upside of Cordarrelle Patterson, I don't think he will be available by the time the Vikings pick.

I have highlighted five players who I feel are the best option in this draft position. Who would you select? Start the slideshow and weigh in with your opinion.

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