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Will Vikings target a receiver in the first round?

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Coming off a surprising playoff push, the Minnesota Vikings have holes on their roster to fill and plenty of draft picks to improve their already young roster. With picks 23 and 25 in the first round, the direction could go any number of directions.

Wide Receiver:

With the departure of Percy Harvin via trade to Seattle, finding another weapon for young quarterback Christian Ponder is near the top of the list. With the emergence of Jarius Wright in the slot, the team could be on the lookout for an outside receiver to play opposite of newly acquired Greg Jennings.

Tavon Austin (West Virginia) has risen to the top of most mock drafts and is projected to be selected anywhere between 8 and 16. Most experts feel Austin would be gone by the time the Vikings select. If the Vikings are searching for a clone for the departed Harvin, Austin might be as close as they are going to get. Can run out of the back field and catch passes as a receiver. He also returned kicks and punts in West Virginia.

Keenan Allen (Cal) is projected as a second rounder and is not a speed burner by any means, but has the talent to become a solid receiver. According to scouts, Allen shows a great burst in and out of his breaks.

Cordarelle Patterson (Tennessee) described as "a dangerous playmaker", Patterson isn't physical, but he makes magic with the ball in his hands. A projected first round pick, Patterson could be there for the Vikings at 23.

DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson) is tagged by experts as the most consistent receiver in the class. Great separating and route running are listed as Hopkins attributes. Listed as a first round selection, Hopkins will most likely be there at both 23 and 25.

Justin Hunter (Tennessee) had a solid but not spectacular season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2011. Projected as a second round pick.

Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech) projected as a second rounder, Patton has good hands according to scouts. Not flashy, but solid.

Markus Wheaton (Oregon State) projected as a second round pick, Wheaton can create separation on routes, but doesn't have breakaway speed after the catch.

Robert Woods (USC) touted as the second best slot receiver after Austin, Woods is a second round projection that could fit the slot position well.

Stedman Bailey (West Virginia) the second Mountaineer will probably be taken in the second round. Bailey is not as flashy as Austin, but he is solid and consistent, especially in the red-zone.

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