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ESPN (Mel Kiper Jr., 4/4): WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee (No. 23); LB Kevin Minter, LSU (No. 25)
The Vikings could do much worse than a receiving trio of Patterson, Greg Jennings and Jarius Wright. Minter receives little attention, but he'd be an immediate starter for Minnesota inside.
ESPN (Todd McShay, 4/4): DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State (No. 23); LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame (No. 25)
The need at defensive end isn't pressing, but Werner might be good value at No. 23. Like Minter, Te'o would slide in as an immediate starter at inside linebacker.
Sports Illustrated (Don Banks, 4/5): DL Sheldon Richardson, Missouri (No. 23); LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame (No. 25)
Richardson is one of this draft's most underrated players. He could be a force right away. Having him potentially play in front of Te'o is appealing.
National Football Post (Russ Lande, 4/3): WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee (No. 23); CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State (No. 25)
The vertical aspect to Patterson's game is enticing, especially in a make-or-break year for Christian Ponder. The physical Rhodes would be a fine addition to match up with some of the NFC North's top receivers (Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Jordy Nelson).
CBS Sports (Rob Rang, 4/2): DT Star Lotulelei, Utah (No. 23); WR Keenan Allen, Cal (No. 25)
Lotulelei would be an absolute steal at No. 23. He's unlikely to last that long. Allen is impressive after the catch and could be a better fit for Ponder and the Vikings offense.