The Vikings are scheduled to make eight selections in the 2018 NFL Draft, beginning with the first round on Thursday night.
The draft will be historic for multiple reasons. It will be the first to occur in Texas and the first hosted by an NFL stadium. It also is an opportunity for the Vikings to add to their lore.
Minnesota is scheduled to select once in the first (30th overall), second (62nd), third (94th), fifth (167th) and seventh (225th) rounds and three times in the sixth (204th, 213th and 218th).
Anyone who has followed the Vikings in recent drafts has witnessed General Manager Rick Spielman's penchant for trades, so those spots could change, but in the lead-up to this year's "player selection meeting," we thought we'd recap players who have come off the board at the corresponding spots in the past 10 drafts.
2017 Steelers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
2016 Panthers: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
2015 Packers: Damarious Randall, CB, Arizona State
2014 49ers: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
2013 Rams: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
2012 49ers: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
2011 Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
2010 Lions: Jahvid Best, RB, California
2009 Titans: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
2008 Jets: Dustin Keller, TE, Purdue
Defense does it: A defender has gone off the board at this spot in each of the past five drafts. Watt totaled 7.0 sacks in 15 games as a rookie. Randall totaled 10 interceptions in 30 starts over the past three seasons and was dealt to Cleveland for DeShone Kizer last month. Ogletree started 67 games for the Rams and was traded to the Giants in March. Wilkerson, who started 101 of 105 games played for the Jets, has one Pro Bowl to his credit and joined the Packers this offseason.
2017 Steelers: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Southern Cal
2016 Panthers: James Bradberry, CB, Samford
2015 Packers: Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)
2014 Patriots: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
2013 49ers: Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
2012 Packers: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
2011 Dolphins: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State
2010 Patriots: Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
2009 Titans: Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn
2008 Patriots: Terrence Wheatley, DB, Colorado
Strong debuts and peaking pair: Smith-Schuster caught 58 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns, including a 97-yarder in his debut season with the Steelers. Bradberry has started all 29 games he's played. After heading to San Francisco, Garoppolo won all five of his starts to end 2017. He and the 49ers are scheduled to open 2018 at Minnesota. Hayward has reached the Pro Bowl in each of his past two seasons as a Charger.
2017 Steelers: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
2016 Seahawks: Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
2015 Packers: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
2014 Browns: Terrance West, RB, Towson
2013 Ravens: Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
2012 Giants: Jayron Hosley, DB, Virginia Tech
2011 Jets: Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton
2010 Colts: Kevin Thomas, DB, Southern Cal
2009 Titans: Ryan Mouton, DB, Hawaii
2008 Patriots: Kevin O'Connell, QB, San Diego State
Baltimore finds interior force: Vannett has 15 catches on 19 targets in two seasons. Montgomery shifted to fill a need at running back for the Packers. He has 148 rush attempts and 67 receptions in the past two seasons. West started 13 of 16 games played for the Ravens in 2016. Williams has been a force on the interior of the defensive line after becoming a starter in 2014. After four seasons with the Jets, Ellis played in nine games for the Vikings in 2015.
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2017 Giants: Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown State
2016 Cardinals: Marqui Christian, S, Midwestern State
2015 Saints: Damian Swann, CB, Georgia
2014 Saints: Vinnie Sunseri, DB, Alabama
2013 Packers: Josh Boyd, DL, Mississippi State
2012 Bengals: George Iloka, S, Boise State
2011 Bengals: Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford
2010 Vikings: Nate Triplett, LB, Minnesota
2009 Cardinals: Herman Johnson, T, LSU
2008 Cowboys: Erik Walden, DE/LB, Middle Tennessee State
Safety play: Iloka highlights the players who have been drafted with the 167th pick in the past 10 drafts. He has started 76 of 83 games and recorded nine interceptions. Iloka had Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer as his defensive coordinator from 2012-13.
2017 Jets: Derrick Jones, CB, Mississippi
2016 Dolphins: Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State
2015 Ravens: Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech
2014 Panthers: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
2013 Chiefs: Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State
2012 Browns: Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
2011 Broncos: Virgil Green, TE, Nevada
2010 Panthers: Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati
2009 Cardinals: Will Davis, DE, Illinois
2008 Dolphins: Lex Hilliard, RB, Montana
Mining a tight end:Green turned out to be quite the seventh-round find for the Broncos. He started 49 of 100 games played for Denver, totaling 71 receptions for 807 yards and four touchdowns. Green signed with the Chargers this offseason.
2017 Steelers: Colin Holba, LS, Louisville
2016 49ers: Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State
2015 Packers: Kennard Backman, TE, Alabama-Birmingham
2014 Jets: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
2013 Vikings: Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State
2012 Redskins: Richard Crawford, DB, SMU
2011 Redskins: Brandyn Thompson, DB, Boise State
2010 Lions: Willie Young, DE, N.C. State
2009 Eagles: Paul Fanaika, G, Arizona State
2008 Jaguars: Chauncey Washington, RB, Southern Cal
A couple of battlers: Mauti played in 23 games for the Vikings, contributing on special teams and as a reserve from 2013-14. He joined the Saints in 2015 and was named New Orleans' Ed Block Courage Award winner this past season after bouncing back from a disease and surgery. Young played four seasons for the Lions (6.0 sacks) and four more for the Bears (26 sacks). He missed all but four games in 2017.
2017 Chiefs: Leon McQuay, S, Southern Cal
2016 Bills: Kevon Seymour, CB, Southern Cal
2015 Raiders: Anthony Morris, OL, Tennessee State
2014 Ravens: Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
2013 Eagles: Jordan Poyer, DB, Oregon State
2012 Chiefs: Jerome Long, DT, San Diego State
2011 Packers: Ryan Taylor, TE, North Carolina
2010 Bears: J'Marcus Webb, T, West Texas A&M
2009 Packers: Brad Jones, LB, Colorado
2008 Lions: Caleb Campbell, DB, Army
Couple of guys on the rise: Campanaro had a career-best 19 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown in 2017. Poyer started 15 games for the Bills in 2017. Taylor played in 50 games for Green Bay. Webb started 44 of 46 games played, including one for the Vikings in 2013. Jones spent six seasons with the Packers, totaling 10 sacks in 36 starts.
2017 Chargers: Isaac Rochell, DT, Notre Dame
2016 Patriots: Devin Lucien, WR, Arizona State
2015 Falcons: Jake Rodgers, T, Eastern Washington
2014 Vikings: Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina
2013 Giants: Eric Herman, OL, Ohio
2012 Seahawks: J.R. Sweezy, G, N.C. State
2011 Ravens: Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech
2010 Broncos: Syd'Quan Thompson, DB, California
2009 Broncos: Blake Schlueter, C, TCU
2008 Cardinals: Brandon Keith, T, Northern Iowa
Switcheroo: Price played in 14 games as a rookie before injuries mounted. Sweezy has started 49 of 59 games on the offensive line in five seasons, which is impressive for a guy who played defensive tackle for the Wolfpack.