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5 Things to Know About Vikings Selections in 2017 Pro Bowl

The 2017 Pro Bowl will be held on Jan. 29 in Orlando, Florida.

Here are five things to know:

1. Top 100s

All four players were selected within the top 100 picks of their respective NFL Drafts:

Everson Griffen (2010, fourth round, 100th overall)

Harrison Smith (2012, first round, 29th overall)

Xavier Rhodes (2013, first round, 25th overall)

Cordarrelle Patterson (2013, first round, 29th overall)

2. Picked by the dozen

Since 2006, when Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman arrived in Minnesota as Vice President of Player Personnel, Minnesota has had 12 drafted players selected to at least one Pro Bowl (seasons that garnered selections):

Adrian Peterson (2007-10, 2012-13, 2015)

Sidney Rice (2009)

Percy Harvin (2009)

Kyle Rudolph (2012)

Blair Walsh (2012)

Matt Kalil (2012)

Cordarrelle Patterson (2013, 2016)

Everson Griffen (2015-16)

Harrison Smith (2015-16)

Anthony Barr (2015)

Teddy Bridgewater (2015)

Xavier Rhodes (2016)

View images of the Vikings players named to the 2017 Pro Bowl S Harrison Smith, CB Xavier Rhodes, DE Everson Griffen, RS Cordarrelle Patterson, DT Linval Joseph and lB Anthony Barr.

3. Double defensive backs

The selection of Rhodes and Smith marks the sixth time that the Vikings have had a cornerback and safety selected in the same season.

The others were:

Audray McMillian/Todd Scott (1992)

Carl Lee/Joey Browner (1990)

Carl Lee/Joey Browner (1989)

Carl Lee/Joey Browner (1988)

Bobby Bryant/Paul Krause (1975)

4. Back-to-backs

Griffen became the first Vikings defensive end to be selected in back-to-back years since Jared Allen (2011-12).

Smith is the first safety to be selected in consecutive years since Joey Browner was tabbed each season from 1986-90. Browner also was tabbed in 1985 as a special teamer.

5. Unique ones

Rhodes is the first Vikings cornerback to receive a Pro Bowl nod since Antoine Winfield (2008-10).

Patterson is the first Viking to be selected as a return specialist twice.

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