The 2013 NFL draft is shaping up to be one of the deeper drafts teams have seen in recent seasons, and the Minnesota Vikings, like every team, have an opportunity to add prospects that perfectly fit what they need in the schemes that they run.
While some players look to fit every scheme, others seem perfectly built for certain offenses or defenses. For the Vikings, this doesn't mean that these players will necessarily be the best on the board, just that their skill sets perfectly align with what the Vikings need, even if the talent does not.
Luckily for them, they could find a combination of talent and fit in what happens to be a very deep draft in the Vikings' biggest areas of concern: wide receiver, defensive tackle and middle linebacker.
In the Vikings' Tampa-2 defense, they need a middle linebacker who can drop deep and cover, while also reacting well in zones. With that, they need a big body on the defensive line who can consistently take on double-teams to free up pass-rushers—the primary conduit of the defense's aggressiveness.
On offense, the Vikings will require a wide receiver who can complement the skills they already have: an excellent short game, with high-volume yards after the catch, along with one of the nation's most powerful rushing attacks. That complement of skills would come in the form of a deep threat who can move defenders out of the box and unclog passing lanes.
The receiver must also be able to work with the primary plays and constraints that the offense imposes, which means effective bubble screens and explosion at the stem of the routes.
In most years, this would be a challenge. This year, they might be able to find all three of those players in the draft.