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Get To Know the 2013 Minnesota Vikings Draft Class

 
Get To Know the 2013 Minnesota Vikings Draft Class

1st round: 23rd Overall Pick
Sharrif Floyd - DT/Florida - 6'3", 303lbs:
2012 First-Team All-SEC...Ranked in the top 10 in the SEC and led Gators with 13.0 tackles for loss in 2012...Recorded 115 total tackles, 26.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in three-year career...2013 NFL Combine participant...Ran a 4.92 40-yard dash and recording a 4.75 20-yard shuttle...A top prospect that projects as a top-10 pick...Versatile athlete could play inside in a 4-3 alignment and on the outside in 3-4 formations...Good agility in small areas...Active hands help swipe away blockers...Changes directions and gets around double-teams well...Plays with too high a pad level at times...Doesn't close on the ball well and has shown questionable stamina on occasion.


1st round: 25th Overall Pick (from SEA)

Xavier Rhodes - CB/Florida State- 6'2", 217lbs:
Named All-ACC First Team in 2012 with Florida State who was also the only player from the ACC to be named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award...Made immediate impact with the Seminoles in 2010 during redshirt freshman campaign and was named a consensus Freshman All-American as well as the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year for his efforts...Appeared in a pair of games in 2009 for FSU, but suffered a hand injury on special teams which kept him out of action the rest of the way...Finished career with 140 tackles, of which 112 were solo...Logged seven tackles for loss, eight interceptions, 23 passes defended and three forced fumbles...Ideal size for blanketing the bigger receivers atthe next level...An aggressive player in the secondary who is capable of locking down his side of the field...Decided to forgo his final season at the college level.

1st round: 29th Overall Pick (from NE)
Cordarrelle Patterson- WR/Tennessee - 6'3", 205lbs:
After dominating at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas in 2010, came to Tennessee and logged 46 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns in only full season at the Division I level...Had nine receptions for 219 yards and a touchdown in a Nov. 3 win over Troy...Showed promise as a rusher as well with 308 yards on 25 carries (12.3 ypc) and three touchdowns...Explosive as a return man as well, with 772 return yards and two touchdowns (one on a kickoff and one a punt)...SEC single-season record 27.6 yard returnaverage...Tennessee school record of 1,858 all-purpose yards...Elite athleticism, running a 4.42 40-yard dash and recording a 37-inch vertical leap at the NFL Combine...Easily creates separation from defenders thanks to a combination of explosiveness, precise route running and agility...Big and physical...Good vision...Solid run blocker...Merely average hands, oftentimes letting the ball into his body rather than snatching it out of the air...Maynot be as seasoned as other top receiving prospects, but freakish athleticism almost assures an early selection.

4th round: 120th Overall Pick
Gerald Hodges - OLB/Penn State - 6'2", 237lbs:
A two-time All-Big Ten Second-team selection (2011-12)...Led PSU in tackles in both 2011 (106) and 2012 (109) with 18.5 TFL over that span...Stalks ball carriers and hits hard...Began college career as a safety and is aadept in dropping into coverage...High level of athleticism and agility...Over-pursues at times, leaving himself out of position to make plays.

5th round: 155th Overall Pick
Jeff Locke - P/UCLA - 6'0", 207lbs:
2012 First-Team All-Pac 12...Led Pac-12 with 34 punts inside the 20-yard line and 68 touchbacks on kickoffs in 2012...Consistent and accurate...Powerful leg...Has attempted and made field goals as long as 51 yards.

6th round: 196th Overall Pick
Jeff Baca - G/UCLA - 6'3", 302lbs:
Named to Pac-12 All-Second team by league coaches in 2012...Earned theKenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior of the Year on Offense...Participated in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game...Made 45 career starts with 25 coming at guard...Missed significant time during junior and sophomore seasons due to eligibility and injury issues...Has good instincts...Needs to add strength to excel at the next level...

7th round: 213th Overall Pick
Michael Mauti - ILB/Penn State - 6'2", 232lbs:
2012 First-Team All-Big Ten...96 tackles, four TFL, 2.5 sacks, three INT, and three forced fumbles in 2012...Missed 2009 season, majority of 2011 season, and the final game of 2012 with injuries...Good football instincts and awareness...Ability to read plays...Not overly athletic...Despite solid football instincts, obvious health concerns are a red flag heading into the NFL.

7th round: 214th Overall Pick
Travis Bond - G/UNC - 6'7", 330lbs:
Honorable mention All-ACC selection in 2012...Started every game at right guard for the Tar Heels during junior and senior seasons...Imposing figure with great size, using long arms to his advantage...Quick feet and solid overall athleticism...Rarely loses a block once engaged...Height of a tackle (6-7) but not quick enough to make the transition...Height causes him to bend at the hips and as a result loses leverage against quick defensive tackles...Inconsistent awareness...Sub-par strength despite size (22 bench press reps at NFL Combine)...Weight problems in the past, topping 370 pounds a junior.

7th round: 215th Overall Pick
Everett Dawkins - DT/Florida State- 6'2", 310 lbs:
2012 All-ACC Second-Team...Led Florida State defenders in 2012 with 41 career starts...Had career-year in 2010 and posted 29.5 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and six TFL, all career-highs...Had half a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss in helping Seminoles rank second in the country in total defense (254.1 ypg) in 2012...2013 NFL Combine participant...Recorded 5.06 40-yard dash, 4.88 20-yard shuttle and 23 reps on the bench press...Penetrates the line well...Strong first step...Stays low to keep leverage against blockers...Great footwork with strong moves in the pass rush...Lacks elite size...Can play out of control at times.
 

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