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Minnesota Vikings draft wrap-up


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A wrap-up of the Minnesota Vikings' draft.

Best move: First-round pick Trae Waynes could line up opposite Xavier Rhodes and give the Vikings two good cover corners for the next decade. The Vikings will have to work with Waynes to keep his physical style of play from drawing penalties, but they worked through similar issues with Rhodes last season. If Waynes works out, the Vikings are well-positioned to deal with the NFC North's prolific passing games.

Riskiest move: Third-rounder Danielle Hunter has the athletic skill set to be a disruptive pass-rusher in the Vikings' defense, but he had only 1.5 sacks at LSU last season, and the Vikings seem to regard him as a project. It's worth wondering whether the team could have taken Hunter later in the draft, but the Vikings evidently felt they couldn't wait to take Hunter any later than the 88th overall pick. They're banking on their ability to develop him in the NFL.

Most surprising move: After taking a long look at safeties early in free agency -- only to miss out on players like the Patriots' Devin McCourty -- it seemed like the Vikings would do more to address the position. General manager Rick Spielman said on Saturday evening that the Vikings "kind of know" what Robert Blanton and Andrew Sendejo are, but went out of his way to mention the team's optimism about second-year player Antone Exum Jr. Perhaps he'll get a chance to claim the job.

File it away: Fifth-rounder Mycole Pruitt comes to the Vikings as a tight end, but Spielman said the Vikings could look to use him at fullback, as well. He's drawn comparisons to the Bills' Charles Clay, who posted 114 receiving yards against the Vikings in Miami last December, and like Antonio Gates, Pruitt is a former basketball player who'll need to develop. If he does, he'll have plenty of opportunities in Norv Turner's offense.

My take: This draft could be tough to judge for several years thanks to the number of talented, yet unrefined, players the Vikings took. But they addressed two of their biggest needs on defense by picking Waynes and UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, and tackle T.J. Clemmings could be a steal in the fourth round (though it's worth keeping in mind that he fell as far as he did because of a foot injury). It might not be the kind of draft that delivers a major jolt to the roster in 2015, and there are a fair number of risks among the Vikings' 10 picks. But the group, as a whole, has promise, and the Vikings touched on many of their needs. Thumbs up