2013 Minnesota Vikings NFL Draft Review and Analysis

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Apr 26, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Leslie Frazier introduce the 2013 1st round draft picks Sharrif Floyd (76) and Xavier Rhodes (29) and Cordarrelle Patterson (84) at at a press conference at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

1. First round, 23rd overall: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

The Vikings may have gotten a huge steal here in Sharrif Floyd. Floyd was considered by some to be not only the best defensive tackle in a draft that is rich with them, but they considered him to be the best overall player on the defensive side of the ball. Then there were some who were concerned by his arm length, and his lack of sacks at Florida. There are valid concerns with this guy as a player, but I think at 23 overall, he is a steal. I think Floyd has the potential to be a very disruptive interior lineman who has quickness, power, and speed. I think learning with Kevin Williams for a year or two will really help grow this kid as a player, but also to learn the ropes off the field. I would pencil him in as a starter along with Kevin Williams, but he’s going to have to take that spot from Letroy Guion. Defensive tackle might not have been the Vikings’ top need, but they went into this pick knowing that they had another selection coming right up, so the value combine with the positional need makes this a great fit for the Vikings. I really liked this pick.

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