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Xavier Rhodes gives the Vikings a big corner to defend the elite receivers in the NFC North.
The Minnesota Vikings compiled three first-round picks in the 2013 NFL draft, and two of them were home runs for a team that is in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL in the NFC North.
With the No. 23 pick, the Vikings chose Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who was considered a top-10 lock by most draft analysts. Minnesota struck gold when Floyd fell into its lap in the late first round. He is the steal of the first round and will be an added bonus to an already stout Vikings defensive front.
Minnesota also selected Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes with the No. 25 pick. Rhodes filled a desperate need for the Vikings and will be a great asset for next season and the future.
At 6'1", he is a long, rangy corner that ran a 4.43 second 40-yard dash at the combine. He is the perfect athlete the Vikings wanted to defend the elite receivers in the NFC North like Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall.
Minnesota drafted for biggest need and best available player in the first round. Both players will be immediate starters on defense and should make splashes right away.
With Floyd and Rhodes, the Vikings might have walked away with the best first round grade in the entire league.