NFL Mock Draft: Vikings land a wide receiver in Round 1

Mike Ehrmann

It's time for the Vikings to take some of the pressure off of Adrian Peterson.

The 2013 NFL Draft order is set, with the Ravens occupying the final spot in the first round after taking home the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night.

For more on this story, check out the Daily Norseman and Mocking the Draft.

With the draft order set, we here at SB Nation unveiled our first post-Super Bowl mock draft.

The Vikings added another weapon to the passing game in this version of the mock, selecting Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Here was the reasoning for the pick:

Assuming Percy Harvin is still a Viking in 2013, Minnesota will need to add a complementary threat to give the passing game a boost. Tavon Austin is too similar to Harvin to be the pick, but Hopkins would make plenty of sense. His body control, route running and hands continually stood out this season.

Minnesota has some interesting decisions to make this offseason. Harvin had a rough end to the season and wasn't on great terms with the team after being put on injured reserve. Even if he stays on the team, the Vikings need another weapon on the passing game. Given the lack of defensive-line talent available in this scenario, a wide receiver makes sense.

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