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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Vikings projected to get receiving help

The Minnesota Vikings hold the 23rd pick in the NFL draft, and many mock drafts around the Internet have them taking a receiver.

Kevin C. Cox

The Minnesota Vikings hold the 23rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft after getting bounced in the wild card round. Most people seem to agree that wide receiver is the team's biggest need, with thin depth and Percy Harvin's contract status up in the air.

SB Nation's own Dan Kadar is projecting the Vikings to take Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson is a quality playmaker who could boost his stock over the next few months:

Patterson is an excellent outside receiver who has the speed to beat defenders deep but the quickness to break off his routes on a comeback. He's the kind of player that can be used in a variety of ways with the ball in his hands.

NFL.com's draft experts released their first mock drafts this week. Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah both have Minnesota taking Tennessee WR Justin Hunter. Volunteer receivers are a pretty popular pick here.

Gil Brandt is the outlier among NFL.com writers -- he has the Vikings picking Florida DT Sharrif Floyd and believes that taking a receiver at No. 23 would be a reach:

The Vikings need a speedy receiver, but that would be a reach here, so they go with Floyd, who has strength and some pass-rushing ability.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang is another guy mocking Patterson to the Vikings. There is a clear, obvious consensus in these projections so far, but a lot of things can change between now and April. Stay tuned.

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