Skip to main content

News | Minnesota Vikings –

11 Numbers of Note: 2015 Draft Edition

In honor of the Vikings being scheduled to select from the 11th overall spot when the 2015 NFL Draft opens in Chicago on Thursday night, here are 11 numbers of note related to the annual event and how it has impacted Minnesota's roster.

3:39 — Duration of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft (in hours and minutes). Teams are allowed up to 10 minutes to make a selection on the opening night of the draft. The allotted time shifts to seven minutes in the second round, five minutes in rounds 3-6 and four minutes for the seventh round, which is also the maximum time allocated to use on compensatory picks at the ends of rounds three through seven; compensatory picks can't be traded

3.89 — Average number of trades involving picks by the Vikings per year in drafts led by Rick Spielman (beginning in 2007); the Vikings organized two in March 2015, sending Matt Cassel and a sixth-round selection to Buffalo for a fifth and sending a fifth-round pick to Miami for Mike Wallace and a seventh-round spot

7 — selections the Vikings have at the start of the draft; Minnesota is scheduled to have the following picks: first (11th overall), second (45th overall), third (76th overall), fourth (110th overall), fifth (137th overall), seventh (228th and 232nd overall)

8 — NFL-record number of first-round selections made by one franchise in a four-year span; Cincinnati set the mark from 1984-87 with three, two, two and one, respectively, and added Ickey Woods in the second round the following year (prior to "Get some cold cuts" notoriety) en route to Super Bowl XXIII; Minnesota has tied that mark with one first-round selection in 2011, followed by two, three and two; the Vikings are scheduled to make one selection in this year's first round, but that could change if recent history is an indicator

9 — defensive players in the past 14 years have been selected at the 11th overall spot, but offensive tackles (D.J. Fluker in 2013 and Taylor Lewan in 2014) have gone off the board the past two years

View every Vikings first round draft pick through the years.

10 — Vikings drafted since 2007 have been all-rookie selections: Adrian Peterson and Brian Robison ('07), Phil Loadholt and Percy Harvin ('09), Kyle Rudolph ('11), Blair Walsh, Harrison Smith and Matt Kalil ('12), Cordarrelle Patterson ('13) and Teddy Bridgewater ('14)

24 — the number of players out of 29 selected (82.8 percent of draftees) since 2012 when Spielman became as GM who are currently on the team's roster of 75 players

26 —prospects (13 offense, 13 defense) likely to be selected Thursday or Friday night who plan to attend the draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago

55 — number of NFL drafts this will be for the Vikings in franchise history; this will be the 80th NFL "Annual Selection Meeting," which is not nearly as friendly for logos or Twitter

129 — defensive players selected in 2014, beginning with DE Jadeveon Clowney and ending with DB Lonnie Ballentine going to Houston, first and 256th, respectively; there were 124 offensive players selected and three specialists drafted

624 — players have been drafted by the Vikings in franchise history, beginning with running back Tommy Mason (first overall in 1961) and ending (until Thursday) with cornerback Jabari Price; all told, defensive backs have accounted for 102 of the 624 and running backs and offensive linemen categories have each counted for 98

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.