Rick Spielman says Vikings are down to 3 prospects for top pick

The Minnesota Vikings will grind over the weekend to finalize preparations for next Thursday’s draft and general manager Rick Spielman said the team is down to three names.

USC left tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon are in the mix. They’re all equal right now on the team’s draft board, according to Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, with quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III slated to go 1-2.

The Vikings would consider trading the pick in the right scenario. Otherwise, their choice will be made between Kalil, Claiborne or Blackmon.

“What you're saying (to the staff) is, 'All these guys have equal ability,' " Spielman said. "What do you want? Do you want the receiver? Do you want the tackle? Do you want the corner?' "

The Vikings have 10 total picks and three in the fourth round but the focus is what they do at the top of the draft following a 3-13 season. They need to hit here. Most believe they will go with Kalil because it’s difficult to find left tackle with top talent. Blackmon seems like a real longshot in our opinion. Claiborne is worth a discussion but the Vikings really need to infuse some youth and talent into the line.

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