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Minnesota Vikings on the clock, sort of

Nick Perry, left, Ryan Tennehill, Robert Griffin III, center, Andrew Luck, second from right, and Matt Kalil laugh during the NFL Play 60 Youth Football Festival, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in New York.
Nick Perry, left, Ryan Tennehill, Robert Griffin III, center, Andrew Luck, second from right, and Matt Kalil laugh during the NFL Play 60 Youth Football Festival, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in New York.
Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

NEW YORK — The uncertainty at the very top of the NFL draft disappeared a while ago when the Colts announced they would take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and the Redskins made it clear Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III was their man. That unofficially puts Minnesota on the clock and one thing seems definite: anything could happen with the Vikings' pick.

With a half-dozen or so players considered elite in this college crop, Minnesota figure to choose between Southern California tackle Matt Kalil, Alabama running back Trent Richardson, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Selecting Richardson would indicate concern by the Vikings about the recovery of star running back Adrian Peterson from torn left knee ligaments suffered in late December.