The Minnesota Vikings will have a lot of options when they go on the clock with the third pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. They might be able to go offensive line and take USC's Matt Kalil. Or they might be able to select Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Maybe it will be LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne? Whatever they do, there will be plenty of talent available.
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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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Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said trade talks are starting to heat up as draft day approaches. He wouldn't name any teams, but speculation points to Tampa Bay possibly trade up from pick No. 5 to No. 3 and take running back Trent Richardson. If that's the case, the Vikings could still take Matt Kalil, Morris Claiborne or Justin Blackmon, and receive extra picks.
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The Vikings will have a lot of options when they go on the clock with the No. 3 pick in April's NFL Draft. They might be able to take USC left tackle Matt Kalil. However, none of the starting left tackles for playoff teams last season were taken in the top-five of the draft.
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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."
Kalil, Claiborne to attend Vikings annual 'Top 30' event at Winter Park
The NFL Draft is less than a month away and some of the top prospects in the draft will attend the Vikings' annual Top 30 event next Wednesday. USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil and LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne are both scheduled to make the trip to the team's practice facility at Winter Park.
Does Spielman prefer Claiborne over Kalil?
Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press believes Vikings general manager Rick Spielman might favor LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne over USC left tackle Matt Kalil. While both players would fill positions of need for the Vikings, Sansevere writes that Spielman raved to him more about Claiborne than Kalil.
Audio: 'Future' Kalil, Claiborne, Blackmon Vikings radio highlights
If they don't trade away their overall No. 3 pick in the NFL draft, the Vikings say one of three players will be selected in that spot: Matt Kalil, Morris Claiborne or Justin Blackmon. That got Vikings play-by-play man Paul Allen back to the microphone for these fantasy calls.
Texas A&M's Tannehill could be the key to Vikings trading No. 3 draft pick
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