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Updated: April 2nd, 2013 11:10am
Top receivers, 'Honey Badger' among Vikings' pre-draft visits

Top receivers, 'Honey Badger' among Vikings' pre-draft visits

by Tom Pelissero
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Receivers Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins were among the college prospects in the Twin Cities on Tuesday for the Minnesota Vikings' annual Top 30 event at Winter Park.

Former LSU safety Tyrann Mathieu reportedly also attended the event, on which the Vikings spend most of their allotted visits to the team's headquarters before the NFL Draft each year.

Allen, a potential first-round pick who had 205 catches for 2,570 yards and 17 touchdowns over three seasons at California, tweeted on Tuesday morning he was flying to Minnesota.

According to an NFL source, so was Hopkins, another potential late first-round pick who had 206 catches for 3,020 yards and 27 touchdowns in three seasons at Clemson.

Mathieu, who sat out last season and spent time in drug rehab after being kicked off LSU's team, is projected as a mid-round draft pick as a defensive back.

Fox Sports reported Mathieu (better known as the Honey Badger) was at the Top 30 event -- which doesn't necessarily say anything about the Vikings' level of interest.

For instance, Matt Kalil was at the event last year. Fellow first-round pick Harrison Smith wasn't and had limited contact with Vikings officials after the Senior Bowl in January.

Private workouts on campus tend to be stronger indicators. The past two years, for instance, the Vikings used late-round draft picks on guard Brandon Fusco and place-kicker Blair Walsh after quietly working them out on campus at Slippery Rock and Georgia, respectively.

The Vikings have 11 picks in this year's draft. That includes two in the first round, Nos. 23 and 25 overall.

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