5 Players the Minnesota Vikings Should Target on Day 3
The team started the night by drafting defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, a player considered to be the top defensive linemen by Mike Mayock of NFL.com and B/R's Matt Miller. Floyd was ranked No. 2 overall on Mayock's top 100 prospects list and No. 4 overall by Miller.
Not too bad for the 23rd overall selection by the Vikings.
Minnesota followed that up with cornerback Xavier Rhodes with the 25th overall pick, a player that meets a major need for a team that lost Antoine Winfield to the Seattle Seahawks.
And when Vikings fans thought the night was over, Spielman made a similar move at last year's draft by trading back into the first round. Coincidentally, the same pick the Vikings used to draft safety Harrison Smith—29th overall—was the same position held by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
As much as Spielman likes to wheel and deal, Belichick loves to trade back and stockpile picks. The match was perfect for both teams and the Vikings traded its second-round pick (52nd overall) to move up 23 positions, also sending a third, fourth and seventh-round selection.
With that pick, Spielman pulled the trigger on wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, the best prospect at wide receiver ranked by Miller and second by Mayock.
The Vikings addressed the three needs at defensive tackle, cornerback and wide receiver all in the first round, foregoing any selections on Day 2 in the second and third rounds of the draft.
Linebacker was the only major need not addressed by Minnesota, providing an easy position target for Day 3 and rounds four through seven.
But with a selection in each of those rounds and two in the seventh, the Vikings may still double up at either cornerback or wide receiver.
The following players are those still on the board heading into Day 3 and should be targeted by the Minnesota Vikings.
All combine statistics courtesy of NFL.com.
LB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
The Vikings passed at linebacker with all three of its selections in the first round, which makes the team's 23rd selection in the fourth round (120th overall) a top priority.
Kevin Reddick is one of the top linebacker prospects still available to Minnesota, a player who reads blocks well and takes intelligently-angled routes to the ball-carrier. In his senior season, the former Tar Heel totaled 85 tackles (18.5 for loss) and 6.5 sacks.
Reddick demonstrated great versatility in college, playing at middle and outside linebacker, and even lining up as a defensive end at times. He would fit well in the Vikings base defense and nickel packages, combining an ability to work through blockers and drop back in zone when needed.
LB A.J. Klein, Iowa State
WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
The Vikings may have made a large investment in Cordarrelle Patterson, but adding another playmaker at wide receiver should still be in the front of Rick Spielman's mind. Quinton Patton offers great value this late in the draft and would be tempting if still available in the fourth round.
Patton has good size at 6'0", 204 pounds and put up solid numbers his final season at Louisiana Tech. The first team All-Conference player hauled in 104 catches for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The former Bulldog ran a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He runs crisp routes and can make acrobatic catches on the sidelines. With the raw talent of Patterson, Patton adds a well-rounded prospect for the Vikings heading into the 2013 season.
WR Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech
CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
Jordan Poyer is an excellent tackler with an ability to mirror athletic wide receivers with quick feet and agility. He was a first-team, All-American last year with 50 tackles, seven interceptions and seven passes defended.
With Chris Cook and Xavier Rhodes projecting as starting cornerbacks, Poyer provides excellent depth and the potential to develop into a starter. He has fluid hips to work in Minnesota's Tampa Two defense and enough speed to close against the run.
CB B.W. Webb, William & Mary
OG Jeff Baca, UCLA
With Charlie Johnson and Brandon Fusco occupying the offensive guard positions, the Vikings should seriously consider reinforcing the position.
Jeff Baca has been climbing draft boards, as the 6'3", 302-pound player exhibits superior technique and an ability to knock defenders backwards.
With an explosive runner like Adrian Peterson and the desire to add protection for Christian Ponder, Jeff Baca out of UCLA makes perfect sense.
OG J.C. Tretter, Cornell
P Brad Wing, LSU
With the selection of Brad Wing, the Vikings are adding depth and potentially an immediate starter for current punter Chris Kluwe.
The former Tiger had two 60-plus-yard punts in 2012 and a 73-yard punt in 2011. He can kick directionally with ease and has one of the quickest ball releases in the game.
According to Twitter, Wing recently worked out with Vikings, leading many to speculate whether the Vikings draft another kicker in the late rounds.
— Kathleen Wing (@kathwing18) April 4, 2013
P Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State
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