DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
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.
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Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
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|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||
OT Luke Joeckel - Texas A&M
QB Geno Smith - West Virginia
||Dragon Ninja Warrior||48%|
CB Dee Milliner - Alabama
OT Eric Fisher - Central Mich.
DE Dion Jordan - Oregon
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
|9||NY Jets||S Kenny Vaccaro - Texas
|10||Tennessee Titans||G Jonathan Cooper - UNC
|11||San Diego Chargers||DT Sharrif Floyd - Florida
|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|
|29||New England Patriots||ShadowFlash|
|30||Atlanta Falcons||Dave Choate|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||BlackandGold4ever|