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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Vikings Take Morris Claiborne, According To Final SB Nation Mock

The Minnesota Vikings will take LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft, according to SB Nation's final mock draft.

Mock draft orthodoxy has, for whatever reason, shifted away from Matt Kalil in the last few days. Kalil seemed to be considered a lock for the Vikings not long ago, and indeed SB Nation had Kalil slotted in at No. 3 as well. But now SB Nation has joined Todd McShay in declaring Claiborne the man for Minnesota at No. 3.

If taken at No. 3, Claiborne would be the highest drafted corner since Charles Woodson went fourth in 1998.

Ryan Van Bibber, who penned SB Nation's final mock, is not all-in on Claiborne-over-Kalil. But he thinks the schedule -- with annual meetings against Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford -- could be a deciding factor:

There is a real sense out there that Claiborne could be the pick, given who they play against four times a year.

The conjecture about the third pick with end Thursday, with the Draft kicking off at 7 Central.

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