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Vikings could land Matt Kalil or Justin Blackmon in next year's NFL Draft

The Vikings have all but assured themselves a top-three pick in next year's NFL Draft. If the draft were today they would own the rights to the second overall selection. Picking second or third could put the Vikings in line to draft USC left tackle Matt Kalil or Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
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The Vikings have all but assured themselves a top-three pick in next year's NFL Draft. If the draft were today they would own the rights to the second overall selection. Picking second or third could put the Vikings in line to draft USC left tackle Matt Kalil or Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

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