New FanSided.com Mock Draft: Sylvester Williams, DeAndre Hopkins
By Dan Zinski
Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels defensive lineman Sylvester Williams speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
A week after stirring the pot with the Matt Barkley pick, the FanSided.com weekly mock has returned to sanity by giving the Vikings a defensive tackle and a wide receiver. Sylvester Williams goes to Minnesota with the #23 pick. According to Josh Sanchez:
"Williams ia s guy who has been bouncing around in mock drafts, but now that the Vikings have two first round picks, he’ll likely find his way back to being a late first-round pick. Minnesota could take a look at Damontre Moore, but character issues will likely scare them off of drafting him despite the dual position ability he brings. But the Vikings have two defensive ends right now capable of doing the job and if Williams is plugged into the middle, the Vikings may be able to stretch out Jared Allen’s career. It also fits with the tradition the Vikings have of starting mature and talented defensive tackles named Williams."
At #25 the Vikes go with Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins. Per Sanchez:
"Keenan Allen used to be penciled in here, but his knee is scaring teams off and he’s likely going to fall way back in the first round and may not be worth taking even at No. 22 overall. But DeAndre Hopkins is a guy quickly rising on draft boards, and after some convincing, I’m drinking the Kool-Aid. Hopkins is tall, he’s dangerous and he can provide Christian Ponder with a young target he needs opposite Greg Jennings. Besides, if Hopkins is selected between the Vikings picks, Keenan Allen is a decent consolation prize."
There you go Rick Spielman. You know what to do now.
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