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Once prospects begin to fall down the draft board, it's tough to predict where they might end up. This list of prospects could be in play for Minnesota everywhere from the fifth to the seventh round.
Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Desir still being available on the third day is a surprise. If he keeps slipping, the Vikings could value his size and athleticism enough to move up for him.
Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman
Dozier is a nimble, strong blocker who will shift inside to guard in the NFL. He's the type of Day 3 lineman teams love to draft and develop.
Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
After a phenomenal junior season, Exum was plagued by injuries in 2013, and his play suffered. He could project as a cornerback or strong safety, but health is the concern.
Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
A character check is the key for teams with Telvin Smith because he failed his combine drug test. If able to be trusted off the field, he offers big rewards on it as a weak-side linebacker.
Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
When the ball is in front of Ahmad Dixon, he flies to it like a heat-seeking missile. He's raw with his footwork and is more of a project than anything.
Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College
If a weak-side linebacker with coverage value is pursued, the athletic dynamo that is Kevin Pierre-Louis should be heavily sought after.
Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky
Dowling is a long, lean safety who's out to find the big hit. If he could harness his athletic ability to the point of dependability, he can be a solid NFL player.
Jon Halapio, OG, Florida
The Florida guard is another player who labored through injuries, almost to a fault. When fully healthy, teams won't find a meaner run-blocker on Day 3.
Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
Grant is a natural receiver who is a skilled pass-catcher and a sharp route-runner. His lack of optimal size and tremendous athleticism will have him dropping.
Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor
After a transition from the hardwood to the gridiron, Demetri Goodson has shown flashes to believe that he can make it as an NFL cornerback with athletic upside.
Kain Colter, WR, Northwestern
Colter is a fine athlete who has shown natural pass-catching traits. As he played quarterback primarily for the Wildcats, he just hasn't shown it enough.