Spielman: Vikes' No. 3 pick will be Kalil, Claiborne or Blackmon

Vikings GM Rick Spielman wants his staff to consider three names for the third overall pick in next Thursday's NFL draft: USC tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
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Vikings GM Rick Spielman wants his staff to consider three names for the third overall pick in next Thursday's NFL draft: USC tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

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