The Minnesota Vikings take Xavier Rhodes 25th overall

The Minnesota Vikings take CB Xavier Rhodes 25th overall

4/25/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Dec 1, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Florida State Seminoles defensive back Xavier Rhodes (27) lines up during the second half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2012 ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium. FSU defeated Georgia Tech 21-15. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY SportsThe third Florida State player, and second consecutive Seminole, is off the board. With their second first-round pick, the Minnesota Vikings selected Xavier Rhodes, a star cornerback.

Some saw Rhodes as the top cornerback, or at least the second best cornerback in the draft. However, Rhodes is the third cornerback off the board, so this is a great value pick for Minnesota.

Some speculated that the Vikings would target Manti Te'o here, but instead with their two first-round picks Minnesota upgraded elsewhere on defense with Sharrif Floyd at defensive tackle and Rhodes in the secondary.

At 6'1", 210 lbs., Rhodes has great size as a corner to compliment his excellent ball skills. In his career, Rhodes picked off seven passes. However, just as impressive is Rhodes' ability to blitz and help in the run game.
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