As we creep closer to the start of the 2014 NFL Draft, let’s take a look at some noteworthy selections made with the No. 8 selection, where the Vikings are currently slotted to pick. Of course, with one trade all this information could mean even less. Regardless, here’s a list of notable No. 8 picks made at the NFL’s annual player selection meeting.
Lance Alworth, WR, Arkansas, San Francisco 49ers, 1962 – A 1978 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Alworth never actually played for the 49ers. Alworth elected to sign with the AFL’s San Diego Chargers over the NFL’s 49ers where he spent a majority of his elite career.
Jack Snow, WR, Notre Dame, Minnesota Vikings, 1965 – Snow was selected by the Vikings but traded to the Los Angeles Rams shortly thereafter. Father of former MLB first baseman, JT, Snow, played 11 years in the League and was a well-known deep threat throughout his career.
Gene Washington, WR, Michigan State, Minnesota Vikings, 1967 (pictured) – Selected to two Pro Bowls with the Vikings, Washington provided Minnesota with a solid receiving option for six seasons. Washington was one of three first round selections of the Vikings in 1967, joining college teammate running back Clinton Jones and Pro Football Hall of Famer defensive end Alan Page.
Larry Csonka, FB, Syracuse, Miami Dolphins, 1968 – Csonka was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 after a 12-year career where his toughness was well-documented. Csonka was a two-time Super Bowl champion and was also selected to the Pro Bowl five times.
Ronnie Lott, S, Southern California, San Francisco 49ers, 1981 – Also noted for toughness, Lott won four Super Bowls, selected to 10 Pro Bowls and picked as the No. 11 NFL Player of all time by NFL.com. Lott was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 with 63 career interceptions. Lott, as well as Vikings Ring of Honor Member Joey Browner and St. Louis Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher, was coached by current Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner in 1980 when Turner served as the defensive backs coach for the Trojans.
Willie Roaf, T, Lousiana Tech, New Orleans Saints, 1993 – An 11-time Pro Bowl selection, Willie Roaf was named to the 1990’s and the 2000’s All-Decade Teams, a feat rarely accomplished. Roaf was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Greg Ellis, DE, North Carolina, Dallas Cowboys, 1998 – In a spot many thought Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss would be selected, Cowboys Owner/GM Jerry Jones selected Ellis instead. Ellis, who started 155 of his 162 games as a Cowboy, had an above average career, but Jones later admitted he made a mistake passing on Moss. Vikings fans were extremely thankful of Jones passing on Moss during this Thanksgiving game against Jones and the Cowboys in 1998.
Roy Williams, S, Oklahoma, Dallas Cowboys, 2002 – Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer served as the Cowboys Defensive Coordinator when Dallas selected Williams. Zimmer led Williams to a stellar start to his career with a runner-up finish for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Williams, who also played for Zimmer in Cincinnati, earned four of his five Pro Bowl selections under Zimmer’s tutelage.