5 steals the Vikings could make in the 2023 NFL Draft

Iowa State WR Xavier Hutchinson
Iowa State WR Xavier Hutchinson / David K Purdy/GettyImages
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Iowa State WR Xavier Hutchinson / David K Purdy/GettyImages

Fourth Round (Pick No. 118)

Xavier Hutchinson - WR (Iowa State)

The Vikings need to find a wide receiver who can compete with KJ Osborn to be the compliment to Justin Jefferson. One talented pass catcher who is flying under the radar a bit is Iowa State's Xavier Hutchinson.

Hutchinson possesses great size standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 203 pounds. He's not a burner, but 4.53 speed is pretty good for a body that big. He excels at winning contested balls, using that big frame to box out cornerbacks.

Hutchinson has been proven to be dangerous with the ball in his hands, getting big gains at Iowa State on short, quick-hitting types of passes. He's also excellent at adjusting to the ball when it is in the air, making plenty of receptions out of under-thrown balls.

There are a few concerns about his hands, as he had six dropped passes a season ago. He also doesn't have an advanced route tree, but he has quick feet and shows good burst in his breaks and cuts, so that'll come in time.

Hutchinson's collegiate production is very impressive. He finished his Cyclone career with 254 receptions for 2,929 yards and 15 touchdowns. Hutchinson's size, physicality, ball skills, and production are all strong signs that he has the potential to be one of the bigger steals of the draft's third day.