The benefit of having a down season like the Vikings are coming off of is of course having a high draft pick the following spring. For the first time since 1967, and for just the third time in franchise history, the Vikings are in line to pick eighth in this May's NFL Draft in New York City.
The Vikings have been very successful in making the most out of their top ten picks over the last decade or so, with all but one being a Pro Bowl player at some point in their career: T Matt Kalil (4th in 2012), RB Adrian Peterson (7th in 2007), WR Troy Williamson (7th in 2005), DT Kevin Williams (9th in 2003), and T Bryant McKinnie (7th in 2002).
Over the past ten years, players taken at No. 8 in the draft include Rams - WR Tavon Austin (2013), Dolphins - QB Ryan Tannehill (2012), Titans - QB Jake Locker (2011), Raiders - LB Rolando McClain (2010), Jaguars - T Eugene Monroe (2009), Jaguars - DE Derrick Harvey (2008), Falcons - DE Jamaal Anderson (2007), Bills - S Donte Whitner (2006), Cardinals – CB Antrel Rolle (2005), and Falcons – CB DeAngelo Hall (2004).
Here is the full draft order for the top ten in this year's draft:
2. Rams (via Redskins)