NFL Mock Draft 2013: Minnesota Vikings Select DeAndre Hopkins

Joe Robbins

With the twenty-fifth overall pick in the 2013 Canal Street Chronicles community mock draft, the Minnesota Vikings (represented by Fan since the Aints) select...

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson


DeAndre Hopkins

#6 / Wide Receiver / Clemson Tigers

6-1

205

junior


The Vikings have many needs but the biggest is finding a replacement for Percy Harvin. Hopkins was solid filling in for the injured Sammy Watkins and is leaving school early to take advantage of it. He progressively improved during his three years at Clemson. He had 52 catches for over 600 yards and four touchdowns his freshman year, 72 catches for almost 1,000 yards and five touchdowns the next, and finished with 82 catches for over 1400 yards and eighteen touchdowns last year.

Hopkins has shown that he can consistently get separation due to his quickness, run routes correctly and maintain the body control necessary to make difficult catches. NFL.com's Gil Brandt said, "He's got really soft hands and knows how to position his body."

He is a natural receiver with outstanding awareness for the position and has been productive wherever he's been. The signing of Greg Jennings fills a need at the receiver position but adding Hopkins makes sense because the Vikings lost their top three receivers from last year.

In this draft, the Vikings already filled another big need with DT Johnathan Jenkins but they still have a hole at inside linebacker. Everyone's favorite whipping boy, Manti T'eo, is off to Chicago and the only other ILB possibly worthy of a first round pick is Kevin Minter from LSU. Minter is a solid player who could contribute immediately for the Vikings if he can overcome the LSU star linebacker curse that has resulted in recent flameouts in the NFL.

In the end, however, the Vikings will combine need with value and draft DeAndre Hopkins with the twenty-fifth pick.

Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2013 CSC Community Draft Section.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Kansas City Chiefs OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
Hans Petersen 77%
2 Jacksonville Jaguars QB Geno Smith - West Virginia
Dragon Ninja Warrior 48%
3 Oakland Raiders CB Dee Milliner - Alabama
Ralph Malbrough 42%
4 Philadelphia Eagles OT Eric Fisher - Central Mich.
Aburton531 78%
5 Detroit Lions DE Dion Jordan - Oregon
ShadowFlash 50%
6 Cleveland Browns DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah - BYU
Fan since the Aints 54%
7 Arizona Cardinals OT Lane Johnson - Oklahoma
Joseph Williams Stern 94%
8 Buffalo Bills G Chance Warmack - Alabama
aburton531 52%
9 NY Jets S Kenny Vaccaro - Texas
organictallman 33%
10 Tennessee Titans G Jonathan Cooper - UNC
cajuncommando58 67%
11 San Diego Chargers DT Sharrif Floyd - Florida
lostastic 55%
12 Miami Dolphins DT Star Lotulelei- Utah Ralph Malbrough 59%
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Xavier Rhodes - Florida St. jeff.l.b 77%
14 Carolina Panthers CB Desmond Trufant - Washington Stilljreming 28%
15 New Orleans Saints DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo - LSU Dave Cariello
16 St. Louis Rams OLB Jarvis Jones - Georgia caomhin
17 Pittsburgh Steelers WR Cordarrelle Patterson - Tennessee aryanspecial
18 Dallas Cowboys OT D.J. Fluker - Alabama SAINTMANUMIT
19 NY Giants DT Sheldon Richardson - Missouri BlackandGold4ever
20 Chicago Bears ILB Manti Te'o - Notre Dame MobileSaint
21 Cincinnati Bengals WR Tavon Austin - West Virginia Fan since the Aints
22 St. Louis Rams (from Washington) TE Tyler Eifert - Notre Dame Kevin Held
23 Minnesota Vikings DT Johnathan Jenkins - Georgia cajuncommando58
24 Indianapolis Colts DE/OLB Damontre Moore - Texas A&M Legatron Morstead
25 Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle) WR DeAndre Hopkins - Clemson Fan since the Aints
26 Green Bay Packers
caomhin
27 Houston Texans
TeeThaKingSaint23
28 Denver Broncos
aburton531
29 New England Patriots
ShadowFlash
30 Atlanta Falcons
Dave Choate
31 San Francisco 49ers
BlackandGold4ever
32 Baltimore Ravens
NawlinsOriole
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