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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Vikings Go Defense In Early SB Nation Mock

We're barely through with the 2012 NFL Draft, so obviously it's time to start talking about the 2013 NFL Draft with a good old fashioned way-too-early mock draft!

The Minnesota Vikings made some good strides in this year's draft but still have work to do in order to catch up to their division, filled with offensively talented teams like the Packers and Lions. With that in mind, the new SB Nation 2013 NFL Mock Draft has the Vikings going toward the defensive side of things with the pick of a new DE/OLB, Sam Montgomery from LSU.

4. Minnesota Vikings, Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU

Their division rivals are going to be far ahead of the game. To compete, the Vikings need to become a defensive threat by adding an explosive pass rusher like Montgomery.

Assuming Christian Ponder turns into the first round pick that the Vikings thought he would be, building a defense to keep games in their court wouldn't be a bad start on the road to getting back to contention.

For more news and analysis on the Minnesota Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman. More on the NFL Draft, this year's and next's, can be found at Mocking The Draft.

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