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REPORT: Claiborne Could Leapfrog Kalil

It has been widely assumed that if the Vikings remained at the third spot in April’s Draft, they would select USC left tackle Matt Kalil.

Now, before I go any further, it would be a mistake for me not remind you that it is never too early to begin throwing smoke screens around, and the Vikings may be doing just that.

Still, it is worth noting that an unnamed Vikings official recently told The Sports Xchange that there is still heavy debate over which prospect would be the best available at the three spot.

The report singles out LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne as a player still in the mix to be selected third overall.

“But some people here love (Claiborne),” the official said. “I mean really love him.”

Obviously these two, and also Justin Blackmon, are prospects earning high praise and have the potential to help any team they are selected by.  Also, all three positions are major needs for this Vikings team that is, so far today, being very conservative in free agency.

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Adam Warwas

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8 years ago

Vikes. Don’t get cute. Draft Kalil. I have spoken.


Dan T
Dan T
8 years ago

This has to be a smoke screen to try and get the Bucs to trade up. I’m sure they like Claiborne, but why take a cover corner that high if your sticking with the cover 2. Sounds like Tampa is taking care of their WR need with Jackson, so Claiborne is looking like a nice fit for them. Cleveland would likely take Blackmon, so they could potentially trade with the Bucs and still get Kalil.

CO Vike fan
CO Vike fan
8 years ago

Great to see ya Tomb!