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TBT: Vikings Past Selections at 2017 NFL Draft Slots

The Vikings have eight total selections in the 2017 NFL Draft. Minnesota is scheduled to select from the 48th, 79th, 86th, 120th, 128th, 160th, 199th and 232nd spots.

Each of those slots has been used at least once in previous years by the Vikings, who tabbed linebacker Kentrell Brothers in 2016 when they selected from the 160th spot for the first time in franchise history. In 2015, linebacker Edmond Robinson became the ninth player to be selected by the Vikings from the 232nd overall spot.

Here's a recap of players drafted from the corresponding spots the Vikings have entering this year's draft:


DB John Turner, Miami, 1978

Started 70 of 101 games with the Vikings, recording 22 interceptions and recovering four fumbles

LB Dontarrious Thomas, Auburn, 2004

Started 10 of 63 games with the Vikings, recording 1.5 sacks and defending two passes

CB Cedric Griffin, Texas, 2006

Recorded eight interceptions and defended 50 passes in 80 games (70 starts) with the Vikings

  • Wally Hilgenberg, who joined the Vikings in 1968 and played in all four of Minnesota's Super Bowls, was selected by Detroit with the 48th overall pick of the 1964 NFL Draft. He started 117 of 158 regular-season games and played in 19 postseason games.


RB Jim Grisham, Oklahoma, 1965

Did not play for the Vikings or Oilers, who drafted him in the 17th round of the 1965 AFL Draft.

DT Gilbert Brown, Kansas, 1993

Was waived before the season and landed with Green Bay, where he started 103 of 125 games and totaled 7.0 sacks in 10 seasons


DB Mike Townsend, Notre Dame, 1974

Did not play for the Vikings; also spent time with the World Football League's Sharks and Southmen, and NFL's Giants

CB Asher Allen, Georgia, 2009

Started 21 of 36 games in three seasons, recording four interceptions


DT Frank McClendon, Alabama, 1965

Did not play for the Vikings

DB James Ferguson, Stanford, 1974

Did not play for the Vikings

WR Hassan Jones, Florida State, 1986

Totaled 222 receptions for 3,733 yards and 24 touchdowns; started 56 of 100 games in seven seasons

DB Kenny Wright, Northwestern State, 1999

Started 27 of 47 games in three seasons; recorded one interception, nine passes defended and two forced fumbles; also played for Texans (2002-04), Jaguars (2005), Redskins (2006) and Browns (2007)

LB Gerald Hodges, Penn State, 2013

Started 10 of 29 games played in two-plus seasons; returned first interception for a touchdown; added eight passes defended and 0.5 sacks with Vikings; was traded to 49ers in 2015


RB Terry Kosens, Hofstra, 1963

Started four of eight games played

TE Rhett Ellison, Southern Cal, 2012

Recorded 51 receptions for 515 yards and three scores; added a rushing touchdown from a yard out; started 41 of 73 games played and contributed on special teams


LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri, 2016

Appeared in nine games as a rookie and recorded nine tackles on special teams (tied for third-most on team)


WR John Murio, Whitworth, 1963

Did not play for Vikings

WR Harrison Wood, Washington, 1969

Did not play for Vikings

LB Antico Dalton, Hampton, 1999

Appeared in two games with the Vikings and three with the Patriots in 2000

QB Joe Webb, Alabama-Birmingham, 2010

After four seasons with Minnesota, including 2013 when he switched to wide receiver, Webb has carved out a role on special teams in Carolina.


LB Veran Smith, Utah State, 1965

Did not play with Vikings

RB Tim Sullivan, Iowa, 1971

Did not play with Vikings

G Charles Goodrum, Florida A&M, 1972

Started 72 of the 95 games he played in seven seasons; appeared in 12 postseason games (three Super Bowls)

WR Sam McCullum, Montana State, 1974

Caught 42 passes for 608 yards and five touchdowns in 38 games with the Vikings (1974-75 and 1982-83); had 232 receptions, 3,409 yards and 21 scores with Seahawks (1976-81)

RB/WR Dennis Mosley, Iowa, 1980

Did not play with Vikings

DB Mike Slaton, South Dakota, 1986

Appeared in one game in 1987

RB Gerald Hudson, Oklahoma State, 1991

Did not play for Vikings

DT Jose White, Howard, 1995

Did not play for Vikings; appeared in 18 games in two seasons with Jaguars (1997-98)

LB Edmond Robinson, Newberry, 2015

Has appeared in 21 games (two starts as a rookie), recording nine tackles on defense and 11 on special teams

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