Vikes Locked In On Miami?

As many as six Miami Hurricanes will get their name called in the first round of Saturday's NFL draft and the Vikings would appear to be close to being locked into one of them.

The University of Miami didn't win the national championship either of the last two years, but you wouldn't know it by the number of players they have sent to the NFL as first-round picks the last couple of years. From Bryant McKinnie to Jeremy Shockey to second-rounders like Clinton Portis, Hurricane players have dotted the early rounds of the draft the last few years.

That shows no sign of changing this year, with as many as six Miami players going in the first round. Two of them -- TE Kellen Winslow and safety Sean Taylor -- should be gone in the first six picks and a third -- DT Vince Wilfork -- shouldn't be far behind.

While it would be easy to predict that a team will take a Hurricane in the first round, the Vikings appear to be as locked and loaded on the school as any NFL team. Three players sit atop their own position rankings -- all positions the Vikings will take a hard look at before their first pick.

D.J. Williams is the top-rated outside linebacker, Jonathan Vilma is the top-rated middle linebacker and Vernon Carey is the top-rated guard prospect. While the possibility exists that one or more of these three will be gone by the 19th pick, the odds of all them being gone are slim.

While there is no guarantee of where the Vikings will go with the first pick or even if they'll stay at the No. 19 slot, the odds look better than ever that, for the second time in three years, Mike Tice will be doing a photo op with a draft pick from Miami.

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