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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Vikings Will Have Plenty Of Options In The First Round

With the actual factual NFL Draft getting closer by the day, the amount of Mock Drafts that come over the Interwebs is tarting to pick up. Today, we have the latest from USA Today, who brought together six football minds and had them make each pick in the first round. That's 192 draft picks for you to digest. Luckily for you, we'll just focus on the six picks they made for the Vikings.

The six different drafters picked five different players, with Nebraska's Prince Amukamara being the only player to show up on two different boards. The other players are Cameron Jordan from Cal, J.J. Watt from Wisconsin, Aubrun's Nick Fairley, and Washington's Jake Locker. Let's break it down.

The Vikings could use some help at corner, but I think Amukamara is more of a value pick than anything else. He should go a lot higher than this and would be good value here. Cameron Jordan isn't really a good fit for the Vikings' 4-3 defense, so I don't think they will really consider him here. Nick Fairley would be incredible value if he drops this far, and he could be a good replacement for Pat Williams as he ages. J.J. Watt is a good player, but I think the Vikings could get better value elsewhere. Locker would be a pretty big risk, and a partial reach at 12. But if the Vikings are comfortable with him, I wouldn't be surprised to see him drafted because of how badly they need a QB.

So all-in-all, a pretty good effort for USA Today. I wouldn't be surprised if one of these five players became a member of the Vikings on Draft day.

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