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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:04 pm    Post subject: 50 years of Viking Drafts. The BEST and the WORST picks Reply with quote

The Vikings, like every franchise, have been blessed with fortunate draft picks and dogged by busts. It’s part of what makes the draft so intriguing. We’ve got the 10 best and worst selections in Vikings history.


THE BEST:
Fran Tarkenton (1961, 3rd round, 29th overall)
Alan Page (1967, 1st round, 15th overall)
Randy Moss (1998, 1st round, 21st overall)
Adrian Peterson (2007, 1st round, 7th overall)
Scott Studwell (1977, 9th round, 250th overall)
Matt Birk (1998, 6th round, 173rd overall)
Brad Johnson (1992, 9th round, 227th overall)
Terry Allen (1990, 9th round, 241st overall)
Ed McDaniel (1992, 5th round, 125th overall)
John Sullivan (2008, 6th round, 187th overall)


THE WORST:
Dimitrius Underwood (1999, 1st round, 29th overall)
Clinton Jones (1967, 1st round, 2nd overall)
Jack Snow (1965, 1st round, 8th overall
Derrick Alexander (1995, 1st round, 11th overall)
Troy Williamson (2005, 1st round, 7th overall)
D.J. Dozier (1987, 1st round, 14th overall)
The Gang of Three (1981) WR Mardye McDole, LB Robin Sendlein, RB Jarvis Redwine
Erasmus James (2005, 1st round, 18th overall)
Darrin Nelson (1977, 1st round, 7th overall)
Tyrell Johnson (2008, 2nd round, 43rd overall)

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Randy Moss and Dimitrius Underwood both win this thread.

Underwood was a perfect example of a team not doing there homework on the mental makeup of a player. Underwood did not even show up to the Vikings, I dont know what Underwood said or what the vikings didnt question for this to have been such a horrible pick.
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Underwood was a perfect example of a team not doing there homework on the mental makeup of a player. Underwood did not even show up to the Vikings, I dont know what Underwood said or what the vikings didnt question for this to have been such a horrible pick.

Denny Green's arrogance.

he was advised by Mich St coaches that Underwood was a huge risk.



and sorry, but Randy Moss does not trump Fran Tarkenton, who upon retirement held every major NFL passing record. not to mention he was a 3rd rounder, and Randy was a 1st.

ok, i'll mention it.
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vike daddy wrote:
vikingsrule wrote:
Underwood was a perfect example of a team not doing there homework on the mental makeup of a player. Underwood did not even show up to the Vikings, I dont know what Underwood said or what the vikings didnt question for this to have been such a horrible pick.

Denny Green's arrogance.

he was advised by Mich St coaches that Underwood was a huge risk.



and sorry, but Randy Moss does not trump Fran Tarkenton, who upon retirement held every major NFL passing record. not to mention he was a 3rd rounder, and Randy was a 1st.

ok, i'll mention it.


Moss is top 2 all time at his position, where is Fran ranked?
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vikingsrule wrote:
Moss is top 2 all time at his position, where is Fran ranked?

first of all, not a fair comparison because of the time differential in when they played. where will Moss be ranked in another... 35+ years? because that's how long Tark has been retired. where was Moss ranked at the time of his retirement? #1 in the NFL at his position? nope.

second, i was thinking it's more about the impact the drafted player had for the Vikings themselves. both Tark and Moss were drafted by the Vikings, traded away, and then returned for a second stint. who did better on their second sojourn with the team?

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not to denigrate Moss any, he was a fantastic player and Viking.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ugh... 2005.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would put Kevin Williams up in there, probably ahead of Sullivan at this point.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vikingsrule wrote:
vike daddy wrote:
vikingsrule wrote:
Underwood was a perfect example of a team not doing there homework on the mental makeup of a player. Underwood did not even show up to the Vikings, I dont know what Underwood said or what the vikings didnt question for this to have been such a horrible pick.

Denny Green's arrogance.

he was advised by Mich St coaches that Underwood was a huge risk.



and sorry, but Randy Moss does not trump Fran Tarkenton, who upon retirement held every major NFL passing record. not to mention he was a 3rd rounder, and Randy was a 1st.

ok, i'll mention it.



Moss is top 2 all time at his position, where is Fran ranked?



Excluding Superbowl wins, i would put him in the Top 10 easy, and even with Superbowl wins still top 15. Not bad for a third rounder.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I would put Kevin Williams up in there, probably ahead of Sullivan at this point.


If you're going to start putting top 10 picks in there I'd go with Hall of Famers like Carl Eller and Chris Doleman before Kevin Williams.

Maybe Randall McDaniel? (1988, 1st round, 19th overall) Hall of Famer. Nine-time All-Pro for the Vikings.
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[UMN] wrote:
I would put Kevin Williams up in there, probably ahead of Sullivan at this point.

yes, but there's some weighting going in these lists.

Sullivan was a 6th round pick, you don't expect much from that. KWill was a high 1st rounder.

same thing with Tarkenton. 3rd round pick.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ViKingHopeful wrote:
[UMN] wrote:
I would put Kevin Williams up in there, probably ahead of Sullivan at this point.


If you're going to start putting top 10 picks in there I'd go with Hall of Famers like Carl Eller and Chris Doleman before Kevin Williams.

Maybe Randall McDaniel? (1988, 1st round, 19th overall) Hall of Famer. Nine-time All-Pro for the Vikings.


Mac is the best OG I've ever seen both from the standpoint of excellence at his position AND making other OL around better than they really were (Todd Steussie and Jeff Christy).

I'd add Matt Blair to the list. He tied or set the NFL record for # of kicks blocked (7). Multiple Pro Bowl and other accolades as an OLB.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No way Darren Nelson is one of the worst picks ever. No way.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PrplChilPill wrote:
No way Darren Nelson is one of the worst picks ever. No way.


Agreed. He also wasn't drafted in 1977. It was in '82. Just goes to show why John Holler is still stuck at Bob Luertsema's rag (Viking Update).
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

49 years you mean? I can't remember anything between 2004 and 2006.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Completely forgot about Tyrell Johnson.. Yea, he sucked...

Also, why does this keep getting brought up? We know we sucked in 2005. It's just painful to see it every time. Sad
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