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08:32 AM ET 04.23 | In recent days, Minnesota has reportedly narrowed its pick to three options at No. 3, and there's speculation it might pass on USC left tackle Matt Kalil. There are strong suggestions in NFL circles suggesting that Kalil is not a lock with the Vikings' No. 3 pick, creating a scenario where he could wind up with the Bucs. Insiders point to Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon and Claiborne as possibilities for the Vikings, and Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman on Thursday said that duo, along with Kalil, are ranked equally. ... If the Vikings pass on Kalil, the Browns are likely to pass at No. 4 because they have elite left tackle Joe Thomas, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft. Which leads to the Bucs at No. 5.

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April 23, 2012  08:41 AM ET

I don't think anyone in Minnesota knows who they'll draft. As usual, they don't have a clue.

April 23, 2012  08:50 AM ET

I'm starting to believe that Matt Millen is operating in Minnesota under the pseudonym Rick Spielman.

April 23, 2012  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm starting to believe that Matt Millen is operating in Minnesota under the pseudonym Rick Spielman.

If the ViQueens draft a WR, I will agree.

April 23, 2012  08:57 AM ET

The headline could read "Vikings Preparing to Make Another Mistake."

April 23, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Tough call. You should still be able to get a very good OT prospect early in the second round. Will be interesting. And remember, it is Colt McCoy you are protecting. Really, should your fence be that much better than your house?

April 23, 2012  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm starting to believe that Matt Millen is operating in Minnesota under the pseudonym Rick Spielman.

That means the Vikings will draft a wide receiver who will be a bust, then threaten to kill his mother for owing him a few bucks.

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April 23, 2012  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If the ViQueens draft a WR, I will agree.

Yep, have to be a WR. Just being stupid isn't enough.

April 23, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Trade down. The Vikes can't have enough picks.

April 23, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Frazier and Spielman have many problems with an aging, porous D. Where do you start? On the O, a WR helps out. Kalil is the long-term best prospect, but Frazier and Spielman need highlights NOW or they're out of their jobs sooner rather than later. Signs point to Blackmon.

April 23, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Trade down. The Vikes can't have enough picks.

But I haven't heard any scouting reports on good GMs available in the draft.

April 23, 2012  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Tough call. You should still be able to get a very good OT prospect early in the second round. Will be interesting. And remember, it is Colt McCoy you are protecting. Really, should your fence be that much better than your house?

My bad. christian Ponder. jeesh I knew that.

April 23, 2012  09:43 AM ET

I would assume by his high ranking that Kalil is also a good run-blocker. Since Adrian Peterson is a more important weapon than Christian Ponder, getting help for the running game should also be an important consideration.

But, we're talking the Vikings here. No point in thinking common sense will prevail.

April 23, 2012  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

My bad. christian Ponder. jeesh I knew that.

Since the Brownies have the next pick after the Vikes, I thought that's who you were talking about. But the Browns need a good fence, to keep the dogs from getting out.

April 23, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Since the Brownies have the next pick after the Vikes, I thought that's who you were talking about. But the Browns need a good fence, to keep the dogs from getting out.

Very good point. I shall ponder that one. Same story though, is not Ponder just a gate keeper for now?

April 23, 2012  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Very good point. I shall ponder that one. Same story though, is not Ponder just a gate keeper for now?

Yeah. It's sort of like musical chairs. There are 3 quarterbacks in the NFC North, and 4 teams. The only way the Vikings can change that math is to move to LA, swap divisions with the Rams, and change their name to the Conquistadors.

April 23, 2012  11:08 AM ET

Maybe the Vikings are waiting to see who is available when they pick... ;-)

April 23, 2012  11:43 AM ET

I say Buc Him!!!

April 23, 2012  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I don't think anyone in Minnesota knows who they'll draft. As usual, they don't have a clue.

+ 1

 
April 23, 2012  12:04 PM ET

Vikings are going to take Kalil. It is just Spielman trying to gather enough interest for a trade of 1st round picks so he can get another 2nd round pick.

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