While we wait for official word on whether or not Cris Carter’s son Duran rounds out our undrafted free agent class, I realized that I have yet to put all of our draft picks in one spot for you all. Here is your 2013 Vikings Draft Class with a little tidbit about each one:
SHARRIF FLOYD, DT, FLORIDA – FIRST ROUND – PICK #23
A versatile player that will immediately make the Vikings more able to keep their defensive line rotation fresh for a full 60 minutes. He is best suited for under tackle, and will probably succeed Kevin Williams next offseason, but he can also contribute at the defensive end spot on running downs and at nose tackle on passing downs if the coaches see fit. Many view Floyd as the steal of the first round.
XAVIER RHODES, CB, FLORIDA STATE – FIRST ROUND – PICK #25
A press corner with great size and physicality, plus a nice vertical leap. If Chris Cook can stay healthy, and out of trouble, then Rhodes could finally give the Vikings a formidable duo on the outside of their secondary. If both are on the field at the same time, and Rhodes lives up to his expectations, then the Vikings are expected to be more aggressive when it comes to getting after the quarterback.
CORDARRELLE PATTERSON, WR, TENNESSEE – FIRST ROUND – PICK #29
After sending a boatload of picks to New England, the Vikings moved up to snag their third first round pick, the raw wide out from Tennessee. Patterson is perhaps the most physically gifted wide out in this class, and my favorite thing about him is how well he does after the catch, but he is expected to need some coaching and time before realizing his full potential. Expect him to play a role similar to what Percy Harvin played in the offense last year, as well as a possible return man, but he also has the size to be a more consistent presence on the outside and down the field.