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Xavier Rhodes has a lot of potential but he needs help.
With the poor play at this position in 2013 combined with the pending free agency of Chris Cook and Marcus Sherels, it's safe to say a case can be made for this to be the No. 1 position of need for the Vikings in this draft.
The Vikings rated as the second-worst pass defense in 2013, allowing 287.2 yards per game through the air.
Playing in a division with passers like Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler, and wide receivers such as Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Jordy Nelson, can make things ugly quickly for the best secondaries, let alone a reeling one.
But, it's not all bad for Minnesota. The cupboard isn't bare.
Xavier Rhodes, a first-round pick in 2013, showed stellar growth at the end of the season and with his size (6'1" and 210 pounds) he could develop into a No. 1, shutdown cornerback.
Josh Robinson played out of position throughout the season. He had never played slot before this season. Ever. Slide him back outside and maybe his awful 2013 turns into a more average 2014.
Cook, who started opposite Rhodes toward the season's end, may or may not return in 2014 but my gut tells me he's gone regardless of price.
Expect Sherels back because of his added value as a punt returner; he's a No. 4 cornerback at best, though.
But that still leaves Minnesota down a cornerback. And it should consider not retaining A.J. Jefferson for how useful he was in 2013 (five tackles, one interception in 10 games).
Should no viable quarterback option be on the table with the No. 8 overall pick, Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert would be a great selection. He's got size (6'0" and 200 pounds) and playmaking abilities when the ball is in the air (seven interceptions in 2013). I had Minnesota select him in a mock I did last week.
Lamarcus Joyner of Florida State would be a great pick. He specializes in the slot, Minnesota's greatest area of need, and would require a second-round pick, according to CBS Sports.