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10 Vikings Numbers of Note Heading Into the 2018 NFL Draft

EAGAN, Minn. –The 2018 NFL Draft is just around the corner.

Minnesota is currently slated to have eight selections in this year's draft, starting with the 30th overall slot and also including a pair of compensatory picks in the sixth round.

There's no guarantee the Vikings final number of draftees will stay at eight through the three-day process – General Manager Rick Spielman has garnered a reputation for wheeling-and-dealing during the draft, having accrued at least nine picks in five of the past six years.

After making moves in free agency, including the additions of QB Kirk Cousins and DT Sheldon Richardson, the Vikings will look to further bolster their roster through the draft.

Here's a look at 10 numbers of note headed into the 2018 NFL Draft, which will kick off on April 26 in Dallas:

3 –times the Vikings have used the 30th overall pick since 1961; Minnesota selected WR Bill Miller in the third round of the 1962 NFL Draft, CB Willie Teal in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft and CB Issiac Holt in the second round of the 1985 NFL Draft.

11 –running backs selected by the Vikings with their first pick in drafts since 1961; Each of the backs was taken in the first round except for Dalvin Cook, whom the Vikings snagged in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Minnesota did not have a first-round pick in 2017 after exchanging it in the Sam Bradford trade the previous season.

1 –number of times the Vikings have used their first pick in drafts on the same position in back-to-back years; The Vikings drafted LB Duane Clemons with the 16th overall pick in 1996, and in 1997 they selected LB Dwayne Rudd with the 20th overall pick. From 1968-70, the Vikings drafted three offensive linemen in a row, but the pattern was tackle-guard-tackle.

29 –draft-day trades the Vikings have been involved in since Rick Spielman was promoted to General Manager in 2012. In 2017, the Vikings were part of seven of 38 total trades involving draft selections.

8 –number of times the Vikings have traded their only first-round pick; Minnesota first traded away its first-round selection in 1962, when the Vikings exchanged their No. 2 overall pick with the Giants for QB George Shaw. Of those seven transactions, four have been in exchange for players, and the other four accrued additional draft picks. In other years, the Vikings have traded one of their multiple selections in the first round.

28 –offensive players that have been selected with the Vikings first selection of the draft (not necessarily in the first round); On the other side of the ball, 29 defensive players have been tagged with Minnesota's first choice.

20 –University of Minnesota players who have been drafted by the Vikings; Since 1961, the Vikings have drafted 98 total players from schools currently part of the Big Ten.

10 –average number of players drafted each year by the Vikings since 2012; Minnesota's highest number of selections – since the seven-round draft was established in 1994 – was 11 in 2017.

6 –number of Vikings first-rounders who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame; From 1964-68, the Vikings added three players in the first round who went on to be enshrined: DE Carl Eller (No. 6 overall in 1964), DT Alan Page (No. 15 overall in 1967) and T Ron Yary (No. 1 overall in 1968). The other first-round draft picks now in the HOF are DE Chris Doleman (No. 4 overall in 1985), G Randall McDaniel (19th overall in 1988) and WR Randy Moss (21st overall in 1998).

21 –number of players drafted since 2012 remaining on Minnesota's roster; Since Spielman became the general manager, the Vikings have drafted 58 players, 21 of which are on the current roster.

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