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10 Years of NFL Drafts Show Impact Players Possible for Vikings

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.

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