SIZE: 6-foot-4, 255 pounds. 2013 STATS: 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries. BREAKDOWN: The Vikings felt the athletic Barr was the second-best pass rusher in the draft behind South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, who went first overall. Barr is a bit of a project, having only played two years at linebacker after moving from running back, but he has ideal measurable in size and athleticism. Barr ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at the UCLA Pro Day, according to Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman, and will have a chance to start immediately at the "Sam" linebacker spot with the Vikings and add to the team's pass rush.
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SIZE: 6-2, 212 pounds. 2013 STATS: 303 of 427 passing (70.96 percent), 3,970 yards, 31 passing touchdowns, four interceptions. BREAKDOWN: It's not Johnny Football. Instead, Minnesota tabbed Bridgewater to be the quarterback of the future with another late first-round trade. Bridgewater was the consensus top quarterback throughout the season before getting knocked for his slight frame and a tough Pro Day. But Minnesota saw all they needed from Bridgewater in a private workout to decide he could be the franchise quarterback its sought since Daunte Culpepper ripped up his knee in 2005. Bridgewater won't be forced to start right away and can develop behind Matt Cassel with Norv Turner's tutelage.
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Scott Crichton (Round 3, No. 72 overall), DE, Oregon State
SIZE: 6-2, 273 pounds. 2013 STATS: 47 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery. BREAKDOWN: More pass-rushing help for Mike Zimmer's defense comes in the way of Crichton, a junior entry to the draft as a pure edge rusher. He had 22.5 sacks and 51 tackles for loss in his time at Oregon State. Crichton likely comes via the "best player available" strategy for Minnesota, giving Zimmer more depth behind starting defensive ends Brian Robison and Everson Griffen to go along with Corey Wootton, who was signed to a one-year contract.
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SIZE: 5-foot-9, 209 pounds. 2013 STATS: 161 carries, 1,050 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns. BREAKDOWN: With Toby Gerhart in Jacksonville, Minnesota needs a backup for Adrian Peterson at running back. Matt Asiata is back and gives the Vikings a big back. McKinnon adds a speed element. He's a short, quick, versatile player. He ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in 4.41 seconds. A prep cornerback, McKinnon was used as a quarterback in Georgia Southern's triple-option offense, but as a senior he stuck mostly at running back. He hasn't been used much as a receiver with only three catches last season.
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David Yankey (Round 5, No. 145 overall), G, Stanford
SIZE: 6-foot-4, 314 pounds. BREAKDOWN: Minnesota finds a potential starting guard on the third day of the draft. The Vikings re-signed Charlie Johnson in the offseason but could be looking for an eventual replacement at left guard. Yankey can play guard and tackle, with the body of a tackle and the instincts and attitude of a guard. He was considered one of the better guard prospects entering the draft process after being a two-time All-American at Stanford. He reportedly brings a physical presence and can play with finesse and quickness.
Antone Exum (Round 6, No. 182 overall), DB, Virginia Tech
SIZE: 6-foot, 213 pounds. 2013 STATS: Three games, four tackles, one pass deflection. BREAKDOWN: Injuries limited Exum to just three games last season. He had a torn anterior cruciate ligament before the season and worked his way back but a high ankle sprain later ended his season and he missed the team's bowl game. Exum spent his first two years at safety before switching to cornerback. He was second-team, All-Atlantic Coast Conference as a junior after tallying 35 tackles and five interceptions. A big defensive back at 213 pounds, Exum could be used in either spot for the Vikings as Minnesota looks to improve the secondary depth, and he's also played special teams. Photo: Douglas Jones / USA TODAY Sports
Kendall James (Round 6, No. 184 overall), CB, Maine
SIZE: 5-foot-10, 180 pounds. 2013 STATS: 36 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions. BREAKDOWN: The Vikings finally address the cornerback position, waiting until the sixth round. James is a slight cornerback who stood out with his athletic skills. He ran the 40-yard dash at the combine in 4.44 seconds and was third among all cornerbacks with a 39-inch vertical leap. An Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision second-team All-American, James had eight interceptions and 25 pass breakups in 48 games for Maine. Photo: Joe Robbins / Getty Images
Shamar Stephen (Round 7, No. 220 overall), DT, UConn
SIZE: 6-foot-5, 309 pounds. 2013 STATS: 60 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks. BREAKDOWN: A four-year starter and team captain as a senior, Stephen had a productive career for Connecticut's defense as a big defensive tackle. He has good size and can occupy blocks, likely meaning he will get a look at nose tackle for Minnesota's defense. Stephen hasn't done much as a pass rusher in his career. He does have some tools to be an effective backup nose tackle, which could develop by coaching in the NFL. Stephen might have a hard time impacting the Vikings, who signed Linval Joseph in free agency and also brought back Fred Evans. Photo: Howard Smith / USA TODAY Sports
SIZE: 6-foot, 225 pounds. 2013 STATS: 66 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble. BREAKDOWN: Another athletic pick for Minnesota, Watts stands out as speedy outside linebacker. He reportedly ran 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Georgia Tech Pro Day. Named to the preseason Butkus Award watch list for best linebacker in college football, Watts said the Vikings have shown interest in his ability to play weakside linebacker. He isn't big, but his speed will also play on special teams on the coverage units, and he adds to the competition as Minnesota remakes its linebackers group. Photo: Josh D. Weiss / USA TODAY Sports
Jabari Price (Round 7, No. 225 overall), CB, North Carolina
SIZE: 5-foot-10, 220 pounds. 2013 STATS: 74 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble. BREAKDOWN: Not a big cornerback, but Price likes to play a physical game. He showed a knack for coming up in run support finishing with 151 tackles the past two seasons. Price has good speed and leaping ability and should get a chance to compete for a roster spot as a rookie with Minnesota always needing more cornerbacks. His speed and tackling ability also helps on special teams, where he has played during his time with the Tar Heels. Photo: Bob Donnan / USA TODAY Sports