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Mel Kiper Releases Latest Mock Draft


With a whole lot of nothing really happening concerning the Minnesota Vikings here at the moment, at least ESPN's Mel Kiper has provided us with a little something.

Kiper has released his latest mock draft, and it has the Vikings attempting to fill what many of you feel is, by far, their biggest need. . .the wide receiver position. In this case, that receiver is Baylor's Terrance Williams. Kiper has Williams as the second wideout off the board, behind only Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee.

Here's what Kiper has to say about Williams:

Last year, we saw both Josh Gordon and Kendall Wright taken out of Baylor, and Williams has the skill set to join them as a player drafted with the potential to make an early impact. Williams is first a player who can use his size and speed to stretch the field and take the top off a defense, but he also can make big plays on the sidelines, where he'll tiptoe and make the catches as well as any pass-catching target in the draft. Williams also will beat you with the ball in his hands as a nifty runner with good size. Minnesota needs a dependable pass-catcher next to Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph.

It would be nice if Williams could make the same sort of impact that Gordon did early on. Having a player like that would really help to round out the Minnesota offense.

One other unusual thing about Kiper's mock is that he has zero quarterbacks going in the first round, and just one running back. It wouldn't surprise me to see a quarterback move up the ranks between now and draft time, but if anyone was holding out hope for a "franchise" type of quarterback in this year's draft, it appears that there might not be one.