Thursday, February 21, 2013
Vikings going WR in Round 1?
By Tim Kavanagh
Whether or not the Minnesota Vikings elect to trade WR/returner Percy Harvin, the wideout position is one that they need to improve this offseason. Devin Aromashodu and Jerome Simpson are both hitting unrestricted free agency, and the buzz is that the team isn't bending over backwards to bring either of them back. So that has led some to believe that the Vikes will be going WR with their first-round pick (No. 23 overall).
Some of the top prospects available at the position, according to the Pioneer Press, include Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson, California's Keenan Allen, Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton, Baylor's Terrance Williams and Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins. Patterson and Allen may be off the board by the time the Vikes' pick rolls around.
In his examination of the needs for every team in the NFL, ESPN's Bill Polian cited WR as the top need for Minnesota:
Bill PolianTop offseason needs for every team
"A reliable, professional wide receiver would do much to improve their quarterback play. When healthy, Percy Harvin is a dynamic threat, but he could use a complement. And while Kyle Rudolph is emerging (9 TDs in 2012), the Vikings need more weapons for QB Christian Ponder."