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Chuck Foreman Headlines Vikings Past Picks at Current Draft Spots

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are set to have eight total selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, which will commence a week from today.

That number could change, of course, depending on whether or not Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah decides to move up or down the board.

But for now, Minnesota is set to pick eight times, including once each in the first three rounds. The Vikings don't have a fourth-rounder, but they do have a fifth-round pick, three selections in the sixth round and one in the seventh round.

With that in mind, we thought we'd look back at how the Vikings have previously used their corresponding current draft selections?

Here's a look at the franchise history of Minnesota's eight current selections in the draft.

No. 12 overall (1st round)

Florida State QB Christian Ponder (2011) and Miami running back Chuck Foreman (1973)

Ponder was mostly underwhelming in his time as a Viking, posting a 14-21-1 record in 36 career starts. He did help guide Minnesota to a 10-6 mark and a playoff berth in 2012. Foreman, meanwhile, is among the best running backs in franchise history. A member of the Vikings Ring of Honor, the versatile back helped spearhead successful Vikings offenses in the 1970s. He ranks third all-time with 5,887 rushing yards and is tied for second with 52 rushing scores.

No. 46 overall (2nd round)


Oddly enough, Minnesota has never selected from the 46thoverall pick in its draft history. The closest the Vikings have gotten is No. 45, where they took linebacker Eric Kendricks in 2015. Minnesota also drafted linebackers Roy Winston (1962) and Robin Sendlein (1981), as well as DT James Manley (1996) from the 45thoverall spot in previous drafts.

No. 77 overall (3rd round)

Missouri center Scott Anderson (1974) and North Park linebacker Chuck Burgoon (1970)

Anderson played seven total games for Minnesota in the 1974 and 1976 seasons, but he didn't make any starts. Burgoon never played a game in Purple.

No. 156 overall (5th round)

Alabama wide receiver Greg Richardson (1987) and Southern Miss defensive back John Sklopan (1963)

Richardson played two games with the Vikings as a rookie and didn't record a catch. He did have four punt returns and four kickoff returns. He spent the 1988 season with the Buccaneers before his pro career was over. Sklopan was also drafted by Kansas City in the 1963 AFL Draft, and he played three games that season with Denver.

View photos of potential wide receivers the Vikings can select in the 2022 NFL Draft.

No. 184 overall (6th round)

Maine defensive back Kendall James (2014), South Carolina defensive back Deandre Eiland (2004), Kutztown running back Don Shaver (1981) and Southern Connecticut State back Ralph Ferrisi (1963)

None of this quartet of players ever appeared in a game for the Vikings or any other team.

No. 191 overall (6th round)

Wyoming safety Marcus Epps (2019), Missouri defensive tackle C.J. Mosley (2005), Auburn defensive end Benji Roland (1989) and Idaho defensive end Max Leetzow (1965)

Epps played in eight games as a rookie but was eventually picked up by Philadelphia. He's been with the Eagles ever since, playing in 30 games with eight starts and three interceptions. Mosley had 3.0 sacks in 12 games (two starts) as a rookie before bouncing around to five other teams over the next decade. Roland never played for Minnesota, while Leetzow played two seasons for Denver after it selected him in the 1965 AFL Draft.

View photos of potential defensive tackles the Vikings can select in the 2022 NFL Draft.

No. 192 overall (6th round)

Miami quarterback Gino Torretta (1993)

Torretta appeared in one game for the Vikings as a rookie but didn't attempt a pass or rush. He then spent the 1994 season with the Lions before playing in NFL Europe. He played one game for the Seahawks in 1996 before retiring.

No. 250 overall (7th round)

Air Force long snapper Austin Cutting (2019), Illinois linebacker Scott Studwell (1977) and Minnesota defensive back Tom Sakal (1968)

Cutting was among the final picks in 2019 and played 25 career games in Purple. A bout of erratic snapping forced Minnesota to make a change midway through the 2020 season. Studwell is among the most-decorated figures in team history. He is the Vikings all-time leading tackler with 1,981 and is one of just five players to have played 200 games for the franchise. After a 14-year playing career, Studwell then transitioned to the front office for the nearly three decades, spending 42 total seasons with the organization. Sakal never played for Minnesota.


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