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Final mock drafts link Vikings to WR, CB, OT, DL in first round of NFL Draft

Minnesota owns the 22nd and 25th picks in the first round.

Cornerback. Offensive tackle. Wide receiver. Defensive tackle. 

Those are the four most pressing positions of need the Vikings have entering the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday at 7 p.m. Minnesota owns the 22nd and 25th picks in the first round, along with another pick in the second round and two selections in the third round, one of them being a compensatory choice

That's a lot of draft capital for a team with a bunch of holes, giving General Manager Rick Spielman to move up, down or stay put and add talent in what's expected to be a strong draft class.

Here are the players the draft experts are pinning on the Vikings' draft board. 

With the 22nd pick in the draft, the Vikings select... 

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

Charlie Casserly, Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama

Daniel Jeremiah, Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Peter Schrager, Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Lance Zierlein, Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

Dane Brugler, The Athletic: Austin Jackson, OT, USC

Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports: Austin Jackson, OT, USC

With the 25th pick in the draft, the Vikings select... 

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Kevin Hanson, Sports Illustrated: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Charlie Casserly, Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Daniel Jeremiah, Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Peter Schrager, Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Lance Zierlein, Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State 

Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

Dane Brugler, The Athletic: Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

What the experts say about Jefferson, Aiyuk

Everyone wants to know as much as possible about the wide receivers in this draft, so let's dive into what some of the scouts say about the two receivers who are linked the Vikings most commonly, Aiyuk and Jefferson. 

Aiyuk is 6-foot-1 and was named to the first team in the Pac-12 as both a wide receiver and kick returner. He's considered an electric runner in the open field and his 81-inch wingspan is just one inch shorter than former Lions superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson. 

After recording 65 receptions for 1,192 yards (18.3 per) and eight touchdowns last season, he underwent core muscle surgery in early April, according to's Mike Garafolo. It's not completely clear if he'll be healthy to start training camp on time. 

Most experts consider Jefferson the fourth-best receiver in the draft class behind CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs. Jefferson, 6-foot-1, ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine after racking up an FBS-leading 111 receptions for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns. 

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