NFL Draft: Vikings select Xavier Rhodes with 25th pick

By Evan Hilbert |

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The second defensive player chosen by Minnesota in a span of three picks, former Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes, was taken by the Vikings with the No. 25 pick overall in Thursday's NFL Draft.

Rhodes was widely considered the second-best corner behind former Alabama star Dee Milliner, and he impressed scouts with a 4.39 40-yard dash at February's NFL Combine. Rhodes, though, was actually the fourth cornerback chosen, after Milliner, Houston's D.J. Hayden and Washington's Desmond Trufant.

A converted wide receiver, Rhodes has a physicality that could get him in trouble with regards to pass interference penalties. But his aggressiveness will also serve him well when it comes to press coverage -- an area in which he excels.

After flirting with entering the draft after the 2011 season, Rhodes returned to FSU and earned first team All-ACC honors, finishing his career with eight interceptions and 31 passes defended.

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