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2012 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Narrow Choice At No. 3 To Three Prospects

The Minnesota Vikings have narrowed their list of potential selections with the No. 3 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to three players: left tackle Matt Kalil; cornerback Morris Claiborne; wide receiver Justin Blackmon, according to Jeremy Fowler of The St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Outside of a potential trade, the Vikings are not considering other prospects for the pick.

"What you're saying (to the staff) is, 'All these guys have equal ability,' " Spielman told the Pioneer Press. "What do you want? Do you want the receiver? Do you want the tackle? Do you want the corner?' "

The consensus among draft experts seems to be that the Vikings will select Kalil, but Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said a favorite has not emerged among the three prospects. Minnesota has glaring needs at all three positions.

Charlie Johnson had a very disappointing season at left tacke for the Vikings, while the secondary was probably the team's biggest weakness last season. Given the uncertain status of injured wide receiver Percy Harvin, Minnesota desperately needs to add to their receiving corps as well.

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