The Pioneer Press is reporting that two of the Minnesota Vikings top draft prospects will meet with team officials in the next few weeks. Among those scheduled to appear are OL Matt Kalil and CB Morris Clairborne. It’s unknown at this time whether WR Justin Blackmon will also make a visit to Minnesota.
The prospects will attend an annual Top 30 event at the Winter Park practice facility. Coaches and team officials will meet with the prospects, and have dinner. If any players are unable to attend due to other draft engagements, the team is allowed to hold a private workout.
It seems clear at this point, that if the Vikings do not trade the No. 3 pick, that they will select either Kalil, Claiborne, or Blackmon. All three players fill position needs on the team.
The safe pick is going with Kalil. He’s the top Offensive Line prospect, and should be a solid foundation on the line for many years to come. The Vikings seem to be all in on Christian Ponder, and taking a guy like Kalil, will only add time onto Ponder’s career.
Claiborne on the other hand, would figure to be a lock down corner for the Vikings secondary. GM Rick Spielman is rumored to favor Claiborne over Kalil, and the signing of OT Geoff Schwartz, could be a sign that the Vikings are going to pass on another lineman.
Blackmon at this point seems to be the wild card. A couple months ago, he was the favorite in many fan’s eyes, and it easy to see why. Blackmon is the flashy pick. He’s a beast wide receiver, that will being tearing up secondaries for years and years to come in NFL. The Vikings certainly don’t need another Randy Moss, but someone with his talent level would be welcomed in Minnesota. The people are not going to complain if Blackmon’s name is called on draft day.
The bottom line is that drafting any of these guys is not a mistake. At this point it’s more of a debate on which player is the best long-term solution for the franchise.
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