With the 31st ranked passing attack in the league last year, the Minnesota Vikings will be looking to the NFL draft for help at wide receiver. The team has a total of nine draft picks this coming April, including at least one selection in every round.
Despite having needs at several positions, the Vikings must add weapons to a passing arsenal that continued to struggle under Christian Ponder. The first three rounds of the draft are crucial in acquiring talent at receiver. Although the team will have opportunities in later rounds to find value, the talent pool will be significantly diminished.
Rick Spielman also demonstrated last year the ability to move up in a round for a player. The Vikings traded their second- and fourth-round picks to the Baltimore Ravens for the 29th overall spot, selecting Harrison Smith.
So even if the team goes in another direction with its initial selection, don't be surprised if the Vikings move back into one of the first three rounds to grab a wideout.
I've highlighted 10 wide receivers the Vikings should consider on draft day, grouped by the round most appropriate for selection. This is not a direct reflection of where each player will be selected in the draft. Each wideout includes his results from the NFL Scouting Combine (if available) and has been evaluated by overall skill set and team fit.
All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.