The Minnesota Vikings have had a strength at wide receiver over the last few off seasons. They have a pair of very good outside receivers with two others that are quality secondary receivers. They also have a pair of receivers that can work out of the slot and a pair of young receivers with high upsides.
Cordarrelle Patterson emerged late last season as a dynamic receiver that just needs the ball in his hands. Greg Jennings returns as a receiver that can complement any offense out of the slot or on the outside. Jerome Simpson proved last season that he is at his best as a backup as opposed to starting on the outside. Lestar Jean was signed as a depth outside receiver with playmaking potential.
Rodney Smith and Adam Thielen return after spending last season deep on the depth chart or on the practice squad, respectively. Kamar Jorden was signed to a future contract shortly after the completion of last season, but he is likely to be at the bottom of the totem pole when training camp opens.
It is unlikely the Vikings would target a receiver in the draft, but with the depth in this class and the emphasis on passing offenses, you can’t have enough good receivers. Here are the top five wide receivers in the draft along with an overrated, underrated and a sleeper prospect.