The Vikings again fortified their defense with the second pick of the first round Thursday, April 25, drafting Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes at No. 25. Two picks earlier, they drafted Florida's Sharrif Floyd. The Vikings needed a cornerback after releasing Antoine Winfield and failing in their attempt to bring him back on a reduced contract, and Rhodes provides a solid option. He is 6 feet 1 and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43. And, like Floyd, he was projected to go much earlier in the draft.