10 NFL Combine Prospects the Minnesota Vikings Must Watch Closely

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10 NFL Combine Prospects the Minnesota Vikings Must Watch Closely
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Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins could be the first wide receiver Minnesota selects in the 2013 NFL draft.

The Minnesota Vikings hit a home run with their 2012 NFL draft, with Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith and Blair Walsh all projecting as Pro-Bowl-caliber players, and Josh Robinson and Jarius Wright as (at least) serviceable rotational players. 

With the NFC North expected to be another dogfight in 2013 and Minnesota still with plenty of holes to fill in its roster, the 2013 NFL draft has to be another successful process. 

In no particular order Minnesota's five biggest needs this offseason: wide receiver, offensive guard, middle linebacker, defensive tackle and outside linebacker. The Vikings will be scouting players at those positions closer than most. 

And it started Wednesday with the combine.

To make 2013 another successful draft, Minnesota will have to successfully evaluate first-round-caliber players. That's what we're going to assess here: 10 players who could be Minnesota's first-round pick and whom the franchise must closely evaluate. 

Many of the players on this list have some major question surrounding their draft stock entering the combine, which makes it that much more important that Minnesota scout these players adequately. 

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