Spielman analyzes top draft prospects

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman talked extensively about draft prospects during a radio interview on Thursday. Spielman says USC left tackle Matt Kalil is "very nasty when you watch him on tape." He also says LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne is a "unique talent" and that Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon's 40 yard dash time at the NFL Combine will "determine a lot."
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Vikings general manager Rick Spielman talked extensively about draft prospects during a radio interview on Thursday. Spielman says USC left tackle Matt Kalil is "very nasty when you watch him on tape." He also says LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne is a "unique talent" and that Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon's 40 yard dash time at the NFL Combine will "determine a lot."

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