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Someone Like You: There's Tom Brady, then Everyone Else at 199

Posted Apr 20, 2017

The Vikings are scheduled to make eight selections in the 2017 NFL Draft, including five in the first 129 picks later this month.

Minnesota is scheduled to select from the 48th, 79th, 86th, 121st, 129th, 160th, 199th and 232nd spots. The first round of the draft, which will be hosted by Philadelphia this year, will be Thursday, April 27. The second and third rounds are set for April 28, and rounds four through seven are slotted for April 29.

We recently took a look at the selections that the Vikings have made from those spots. Now, we’ll take a look at the past five players selected from each of those spots, as well as the three players picked before and after those spots in 2016. Lastly, we’ll have a quick recap of notable players whose names have been called at the spots since 1961 with help from pro-football-reference.com.

The most successful player that’s ever been selected from the 199th position is Tom Brady, who is fresh off his fifth Super Bowl win in New England. The two-time NFL MVP has started 235 of the 237 regular-season games and all 34 postseason games he’s played. Brady was the seventh of 12 quarterbacks selected that year. Two others never played in a game; the other nine played in a total of 276 regular-season games.

Past Five Players Selected at 199

2016: Bengals — WR Cody Core, Mississippi (caught 17 passes for 200 yards; started four of eight games)

2015: Steelers — DT Leterrius Walton, Central Michigan (has started four of 16 games played)

2014: Seahawks — OL Garrett Scott, Marshall (has never played in NFL)

2013: Lions — RB Theo Riddick, Notre Dame (has rushed 164 times for 566 yards and two scores; has also caught 171 passes for 1,410 yards and 12 touchdowns; re-signed by Detroit this year)

2012: 49ers — OL Jason Slowey, Western Oregon (never appeared in a game with San Francisco or Oakland)

3 Before, 3 After in 2016

196. Eagles — CB Blake Countess, Auburn

197. Buccaneers — FB Dan Vitale, Northwestern

198. Chargers — FB Derek Watt, Wisconsin

200. Packers — T Kyle Murphy, Stanford

201. Jaguars — QB Brandon Allen, Arkansas

202. Lions — DT Anthony Zettel, Penn State

Vikings/others of interest at 199

2010: Vikings — QB Joe Webb, Alabama-Birmingham (after four seasons with Minnesota, including 2013 when he switched to wide receiver, Webb has carved out a role on special teams in Carolina)

2002: Bears — (the other) RB Adrian Peterson, Georgia Southern (311 rushes for 1,283 yards and eight touchdowns; 78 receptions for 665 yards in 106 games)

2000: Patriots — QB Tom Brady, Michigan (yep, 199th overall — with five Super Bowl rings, 12 selections to the Pro Bowl, and a two-time NFL MVP, everyone else ever selected from this spot has a high mark to pursue)

1999: Vikings — LB Antico Dalton, Hampton (appeared in two games with the Vikings and three with the Patriots in 2000)

1975: Broncos — DB Steve Foley, Tulane (44 interceptions; started 136 of 150 games)

1971: Cardinals — DE Ron Yankowski, Kansas State (started 87 of 128 games) 

1969: Vikings — WR Harrison Wood, Washington (did not play for Vikings)

1963: Vikings — WR John Murio, Whitworth (did not play for Vikings)

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