SB Nation New York 2011 NFL Mock Draft: With The 12th Pick, Minnesota Selects ...

Julio Jones, WR, Alabama.

What the Minnesota Vikings really need is a quarterback to throw the ball to a dynamic wide receiver like Jones. I am not sure, though, that the Vikings are ready to leap on the Ryan Mallett-Andy-Dalton-Christian Ponder bandwagon at this point. More likely, the Vikings wait — and I think make a move for someone like Kevin Kolb or Donovan McNabb once the lockout ends.

Minnesota wide receiver Sidney Rice is a free agent and Percy Harvin missed time last season with migraines. Jones is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver with 4.39 speed who profiles as a No. 1 receiver. No quarterback for the Vikings here, but in this scenario they say ‘thank you very much’ and move on.

Of course, in the real NFL Draft I believe the Vikings could easily be tempted to trade this pick if they decide not to go for a quarterback.

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