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With loss, Vikes nail down No. 3 pick

The silver lining in finishing 3-13? Picking high in the upcoming NFL draft. They're not in Andrew Luck territory, but the Vikings should get a player -- or players -- they need.
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The silver lining in finishing 3-13? Picking high in the upcoming NFL draft. They're not in Andrew Luck territory, but the Vikings should get a player -- or players -- they need.

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With Indianapolis’ surprise win over Houston, the Vikings are one step closer to getting the top draft pick next year’s NFL draft. The Pioneer Press reports that If the Vikings lose their last two games, they are nearly assured to get first pick in the draft. The number one pick is widely expected to be Standford quarterback Andrew Luck.

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Vikings General Manger Rick Spielman says he’s “definitely” willing to deal on draft day. Minnesota has the No. 3 pick overall, but Spielman says he’s not ruling out any possibilities...especially if other teams want to move up in the draft.

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The Vikings are set to pick third in April's NFL draft. The Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams pick before Minnesota. Cleveland and Tampa Bay will follow the Vikings. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is considered an overall top prospect. The Vikings (3-13) finished their miserable season Sunday, matching their worst record in franchise history.