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Lunchbreak: Randy Moss Tabbed as Vikings Best All-Time Draft Pick

Posted Apr 6, 2017

It’s no secret that Randy Moss is one of the most beloved players in Vikings history.

But with the 2017 NFL Draft just a few weeks away, Brad Berreman of FanSided.com decided to look into the best draft pick each NFL team has ever made.

Berreman tabbed the former Vikings wide receiver, who was selected with the 21st overall pick in 1998, for Minnesota’s top choice.

Berreman wrote:

Based on talent, he should have been a top-10 pick. The Dallas Cowboys passed on him twice in that first round, after showing heavy interest during the pre-draft process, and Moss then made it his career mission to dominate whenever he played them.

After dominating as a rookie, with 69 catches for 1,313 yards and 17 touchdowns, Moss brought a change in how opposing teams drafted cornerbacks in an attempt to account for him as a deep threat.

Moss has 982 career receptions for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns. He played with the Vikings from 1998-2004 and also for part of the 2010 season.

Yary listed as 8th-best No. 1 overall pick

The Vikings have had the No. 1 overall pick just once in franchise history, but the organization made sure the selection was a surefire one.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com recently ranked the top 50 No. 1 overall picks and had Yary, the top pick in 1968, eighth on the list.

Harrison wrote:

A Hall of Fame tackle, Ron Yary was as steady a player as there was in the 1970s, a six-time first-team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler. While you hear so much about the Vikings defense from Yary's era (the "Purple People Eaters"), Yary was the most consistent offensive performer on Minnesota's four Super Bowl teams.

Yary played 14 seasons in Purple and missed just two games due to injury in his career. He was inducted into the both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Vikings Ring of Honor in 2001.

A pair of other players with Vikings connections were on Harrison’s list.

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, the first overall pick in 2010, was 33rd on the list.

Bradford has managed to carve out a career as a viable NFL starter and could further boost his reputation by directing the Vikings to the postseason. Despite Minnesota's mediocre 2016 season, Bradford led the NFL in completion percentage while posting a 20:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Offensive tackle Jake Long, who spent time with the Vikings during the 2016 season, was listed 31st.