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Barring a trade, the picks and analysis below represent what I feel would be the best case scenario for the Vikings if everything were to fall into place.
1.12) Prince Amukamara; CB, Nebraska - Prince locks down one side of the field for the next decade, and would be a no-brainer if he were to fall to 12.
2.11) Colin Kaepernick; QB, Nevada - A first round talent, Kaepernick is a developmental quarterback who will be ready to shine in 2013.
4.09) Will Rackley; G/C, Lehigh - Rackley is a small-school left tackle who projects as a very solid guard/center prospect with positional flexibility at the next level.
5.08) Ahmad Black, SS, Florida - Black is a bit undersized, and he had a poor combine. However, he's a big-effort gamer, and a fearless hitter who lets the tape do the talking.
5.19) Ricky Stanzi; QB, Iowa - Minnesota uses the pick they acquired in the Sage Rosenfels deal on another signal caller. Stanzi may lack the physical tools of the draft's top prospects, but his moxie and intangibles are off the charts.
6.7) Terrell McClain; DT, South Florida - McClain is a high-motor prospect who has the ability to be disruptive in the run game, and has potential for improvement as a pass-rusher.
7.12) Ricardo Lockette; WR, Fort Valley State - A Division II track star, Lockette possesses a tantalizing size/speed combination, but he's incredibly raw.
I bought heavily into the "2013 Plan" when formulating my selections. Outside of Amukamara and Stanzi, I opted for talent and upside over polish. This projects as a raw draft class with outstanding long-term potential.
As a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA), Ryan Boser has contributed writing and commentary for numerous fantasy football outlets. His own website, Out of My League, covers both fantasy football and the Minnesota sports landscape.