Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 5/23/13
By most standards, the Minnesota Vikings did a pretty darned good job in the 2013 NFL Draft, but one cylinder on the defensive side may have misfired.  Staring any number of needed linebackers in the face during the final stages of Round One, the Vikings managed to move back up into that late first round gold mine and select……a wide receiver.  The long term upside for the selection of Cordarelle Patterson is still under review, for his immediate impact on this 2013 team appears to be limited, while the selection of a quality linebacker would have had the immediate and significant impact that the picks of DT Sharif Floyd and CB Xavier Rhodes will have.  As it stands right now, there is a gaping hole in the linebacker corps and some questions remain about that unit as well as the receiving group, most created by Patterson’s selection... Read more
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