OSU's Justin Blackmon a Viking?

Star Tribune beat writer Dan Wiederer wonders if the Vikings should draft Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon in April.
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Star Tribune beat writer Dan Wiederer wonders if the Vikings should draft Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon in April.

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