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Lunchbreak: Page & Moss Listed as Top All-Time Picks at 1st-Round Slots

View every Vikings first round draft pick through the years.

It's draft week, and the Vikings are set to have the 12th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Minnesota has picked in that spot twice in team history, selecting quarterback Christian Ponder in 2011 and running back (and Vikings Ring of Honor member) Chuck Foreman back in 1973.

But what about the best all-time picks at each slot in the first round?

Dan Pompei of The Athletic recently tackled that exercise and had a pair of Vikings draft picks on his list of 32 standouts.

Peyton Manning led the list as Pompei's top No. 1 pick of all time, followed by Lawrence Taylor (No. 2) and Larry Fitzgerald (No. 3).

The first Viking came in at No. 15, the spot that Alan Page was selected from back in 1967.

View photos of Vikings legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Alan Page.

Pompei wrote:

The focus on Page going into the 1967 draft was not on him being a consensus All-American at Notre Dame, his prominence in helping the Irish win two national championships, or that he had long arms and unusually quick feet. The focus was on his size — 6-4, 240 pounds. In that era, that was on the small side. The NFL's best defensive tackle at the time was 6-5, 270-pound Merlin Olsen.

Page proved size can be overrated for a defensive tackle. He later became a marathon runner and dropped to 225 pounds.

A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Page became the league's first defensive player to win the Most Valuable Player award in 1971. He was also a two-time defensive player of the year and nine-time Pro Bowler.

View the best photos of Vikings legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss.

The other Vikings player listed was on the offensive side of the ball, with wide receiver Randy Moss claiming the spot at No. 21.

Pompei wrote:

He played two seasons at Marshall and had an incredible workout, leaving no doubt about his abilities. Based on talent and his position, he should have been the third player chosen after Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf, but NFL teams were worried they couldn't trust him.

Just as Denny Green didn't need a receiver in 2004 when he chose Larry Fitzgerald, he didn't need a receiver in 1998. He already had one of the best duos in the NFL with Cris Carter and Jake Reed. Green believed he could work with Moss, who became the second wide receiver taken after Kevin Dyson went 16th to the Titans.

A six-time Pro Bowler, Moss led the league in receiving yards five times in his career. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Moss ranks second all-time with 156 touchdowns catches (from 13 different quarterbacks) and is fourth in league history with 15,292 receiving yards.

Paul Krause, a member of the Vikings Ring of Honor along with Page and Moss, was also on Pompei's list. The safety was the pick at No. 18, but he was selected by Washington in 1964.

Thielen, Peterson compete in ClubCorp Classic celebrity golf tournament

A pair of Vikings spent the weekend playing in a celebrity golf tournament.

Wide receiver Adam Thielen and cornerback Patrick Peterson both competed in the ClubCorp Classic Celebrity Division, which was held at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.

Thielen tied for fourth overall with a score of 97 with former MLB pitcher Derek Lowe.

The tournament uses the modified Stableford scoring format, which awards 10 points for an albatross, five for a hole-in-one and eagle, three for a birdie, two for a par, one for a bogey, and zero for double bogey.

Peterson also hit the links but did not make the cut and wasn't listed among the tournament's final scores.

Tennis pro Mardy Fish captured the event by topping Tony Romo on the first playoff hole.

Fish, it should be noted, is a big Vikings fan. He was born in Edina and has followed the Vikings from afar on the tennis tour.


2022 Miller Lite Vikings Draft Party

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