6 Reach Picks the Minnesota Vikings Must Avoid in the 2013 NFL Draft

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6 Reach Picks the Minnesota Vikings Must Avoid in the 2013 NFL Draft
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"With the 12th pick in the 2011 draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Christian Ponder, quarterback, Florida State."

While the script is only through two acts, there are many Viking fans who are ready to call that selection a huge reach and one that might have crippled the franchise.

It was a daring move two years ago by the Vikings, but, if nothing else, you had to credit the Vikings for going out on a limb and taking a chance.

It's now under a month until the 2013 NFL draft, and if you're reading this story, you've more than likely already perused more than your fair share of mock drafts, clicking on links ranging from Mel Kiper's guesses to those of a fat kid named Ned whom you sat next to in fifth grade.

Pro days, interview sessions and endless hours of viewing tape are happening all around the country in the lead-up to what has become a three-day spectacle of football guesswork.

And don't ever kid yourself, it's guesswork.

That's not to say that NFL teams don't do everything in their power to poke, prod and analyze prospective draft picks. It's just that the NFL game is so much more complex than college ball that even the best football minds can get it wrong when evaluating players for the next level.

Doug Martin didn't play against elite competition. Janoris Jenkins was a head case. Russell Wilson was too short. You can find holes in just about anyone's game if you look hard enough. All three of those players would have been drafted a lot higher last year if the scouts hadn't overanalyzed their traits.

In one of the strangest draft sagas in NFL history, the football world watched Vontaze Burfict go from a preseason top-10 pick to completely undrafted. Everyone was wrong too, as the rookie free agent signed on with the Cincinnati Bengals and led them with 127 tackles.

On the other hand, although it's still too early to completely write off anyone, there were several first-round picks last year (there are every year) who will fail to pan out and be written off as busts.

But damn, the guessing can be fun.

Here we take a look at six players who might be on the Minnesota Vikings radar but who we feel won't be worth the draft pick they might take them at.  

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