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NFL Mock Draft 2012: ESPN Gives Minnesota Vikings Alshon Jeffery, Matt Kalil

The majority of NFL mock drafts for the 2012 season have been a bit boring considering the Minnesota Vikings are all but locked in to taking offensive tackle Matt Kalil with the third overall pick. Things get a bit more exciting when mocks include multiple rounds, though, as Todd McShay's did earlier this week.

McShay, one of ESPN's expert analysts, released a two-round mock draft on Wednesday night. The Vikings were given Kalil in the first round, as expected, but wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was their second round pick. Before getting to Jefffery, McShay's reasoning on Kalil:

The most complete tackle I have evaluated in my time scouting prospects, Kalil has the athleticism to excel as a pass-blocker and the mean streak to be a force in the running game.

That's some high praise. The ESPN expert doesn't offer any analysis with the Vikings pick at No. 35, but Jeffery -- a standout receiver for the South Carolina Gamecocks -- was at one point considered a top-five pick and recently did work when it came to his times in the 40-yard dash:

Working out at his school's pro day event in front of representatives from a number of NFL teams, Jeffery was clocked at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to Kevin Weidl of ESPN.

Jeffery was once regarded as one of the top prospects at his position in the 2012 NFL Draft. A disappointing season with the Gamecocks in 2011 and rumors about his conditioning conspired to push him down draft boards in the eyes of many.

It sounds like Jeffery could be a steal, if not a big of a head case, but does Minnesota really want another South Carolina speedster?

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