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Vikings smart to drive up value for No. 3

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By Eric Edholm

There is internal debate about which players will fit the Vikings best in April’s draft, just as there are similar discussions happening at 31 other team facilities. But the Vikings hold an interesting key: The draft intrigue on April 26 essentially starts with the third overall pick, as most of the Western Hemisphere expects the Colts to take Andrew Luck first and the Redskins to take Robert Griffin III at No. 2. There had been a strong connection between the Vikings and USC OLT Matt Kalil, considering Minnesota's need at the position and the assertion that Kalil was an elite talent. But rumors of the Vikings perhaps preferring LSU CB Morris Claiborne or Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon — both, coincidentally, happen to play at need positions for the team — have some people surprised. They shouldn’t be. If the Vikings prefer either of those players to Kalil, so be it. Otherwise, the illusion of that preference also can be powerful. It could lead a desperate team picking below the Vikings to offer a tasty trade proposal that could allow them to pick a player of their liking and also add picks.

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