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Lunch Break, 3/13: Munnerlyn's Anniversary

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Captain Munnerlyn's signing a multi-year deal with the Vikings after spending his first five seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Chris Thomason of the Pioneer Press caught up with the cornerback Thursday.

Munnerlyn started outside last season opposite Xavier Rhodes and slide inside to cover the slot when the Vikings deployed their nickel package.

After expressing self-criticism of his first season in Head Coach Mike Zimmer's system last December, Munnerlyn told Tomasson on Thursday, "I do have confidence that I'll be back next year."

"I have to go back to being Captain Munnerlyn in making plays," Munnerlyn told Tomasson. "I didn't have my best year of football. I can do a lot of things better. I know what I can do. I've started my training process and getting ready for next year."

Munnerlyn kept his home in Charlotte from his time with the Panthers and is training there. He and Vikings players are scheduled to return to Winter Park April 20 for the beginning of the team's offseason workout program.


A National Football Post by Tony Villiotti this week took a look at the "NFL's 1%," defining "top performers" as three-time All-Pros. In a review of the 5,060 players drafted from 1995 through 2014, Villiotti found that 53 players (1.05 percent, to the nearest hundredth) have qualified as "top performers."

Three teams — the 49ers, Buccaneers and Seahawks — have drafted four such players. The Vikings are tied with the Colts, Patriots and Ravens in drafting three. Five teams — the Bills, Cardinals, Falcons, Giants and Titans — have not had any three-time All-Pros in that span.

Randy Moss in 1998, Kevin Williams in 2003 and Adrian Peterson in 2007 were all selected in the first rounds of their draft years by the Vikings.

The research showed that 35 of the 53 players were first-round picks, including 27 that have gone off the board from the first 14 spots. Minnesota is scheduled to select 11th overall on April 30 when the 2015 NFL Draft commences in Chicago.

Interestingly, four players selected in the third rounds and four players taken in fifth rounds have become three-time All-Pros, compared to three players that went off the board from the 25th overall spot to the rest of the first round. Click here* *for the full post.

Friday's Pro Days: Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Hobart, Ohio State, Oregon State and West Virginia; Saturday's Pro Day: Prairie View A&M

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