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Within Reach: Looking at Recent Draft Picks Near 25 Before Vikings On Clock


EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have selected from the 25th spot six times in franchise history.

That is more than any other spot that is currently in the first round, and Minnesota is in position to add to that this year with a pick that was determined by the Vikings finish in the playoffs.

So what type of player might be within reach when the Vikings go on the clock at No. 25 (if Minnesota keeps the pick)? is taking a look at players drafted at corresponding spots that Minnesota is scheduled to pick from between April 23-25. The series began Wednesday with pick No. 22.

In addition to players selected 25th overall since 2015, we're taking a look at the players who were selected a pick before and after No. 25 in each draft. We'll also revisit the Vikings history with the selection and mention a couple of notable names that landed with other teams.


24. D.J. Humphries, T, AZ — started all 16 games for first time of career in 2019 after missing 18 games from 2017-18

25. Shaq Thompson, OLB, CAR — 9.5 sacks and one interception in 61 starts

26. Breshad Perriman, WR, BAL — is on fifth team in six seasons after signing with the Jets in free agency, having played for Ravens, Browns, Buccaneers and passed through Washington


24. William Jackson, CB, CIN — has picked off two passes in 34 starts for the Bengals, who picked up an option for 2020 

25. Artie Burns, CB, PIT — seven starts in the past two seasons; signed with the Bears

26. Paxton Lynch, QB, DEN — started four games for the Broncos, going 1-3; passed through Seattle on the way to Pittsburgh


24. Gareon Conley, CB, OAK — recorded four interceptions in three seasons before he was traded to Houston

25. Jabrill Peppers, S, CLE — played in 29 games for the Browns before he was dealt to the Giants as part of the haul for Odell Beckham, Jr.

26. Takkarist McKinley, DE, ATL — has 16.5 sacks in 45 games 


24. D.J. Moore, WR, CAR — 142 receptions for 1,963 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons

25. Hayden Hurst, TE, BAL — 43 receptions for 512 yards and three touchdowns in 28 games; traded to the Falcons last month

26. Calvin Ridley, WR, ATL — 128 receptions for 1,687 yards and 17 touchdowns in 29 games


24. Josh Jacobs, RB, OAK — led all rookies with 1,150 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 242 attempts

25. Marquise Brown, WR, BAL — 46 receptions for 584 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games

26. Montez Sweat, DE, WAS — recorded 7.0 sacks and forced two fumbles in starting all 16 games

Vikings Drafted at 25

1970: John Ward, G, Oklahoma State

Ward started 14 of 64 regular-season games for Minnesota from 1970-75.

1974: Steve Riley, T, USC

Riley totaled 128 starts in 138 regular-season games for the Vikings from 1974-84.

1975: Mark Mullaney, DE, Colorado State

In 12 seasons with the Vikings, Mullaney started 97 of the 151 regular-season games he played. Mullaney celebrated sacks becoming an official statistic in 1982 by recording 5.0.

1976: James "Duck" White, DT, Oklahoma State

White started 61 of 117 games played over the course of eight seasons.

2000: Chris Hovan, DT, Boston College

Hovan spent the first five seasons of his career with Minnesota, totaling 17 sacks in 77 regular-season games (70 starts).

2013: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Rhodes recorded 10 interceptions over the course of starting 97 regular-season starts (104 games). The Vikings terminated the 2017 All-Pro's contract last month, and he opted to sign with Indianapolis.

Others of Interest at 25

1983: Bengals — C Dave Rimington, Nebraska

He started 80 games for Cincinnati, but Rimington is better-known for the award that bears his name and is presented annually to the top center in college football. Vikings Garrett Bradbury (2018) and Pat Elflein (2016) are previous winners of the Rimington Trophy.

2006: Steelers — WR Santonio Holmes, Ohio State

Holmes was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIII after recording nine receptions for 131 yards and the game-winning touchdown with under a minute to go.

Note: Former Gophers All-American Sandy Stephens, the first black quarterback in school history, was drafted by the Browns in the 1962 NFL Draft and the New York Titans of the AFL, but he did not play in either league. Rather than switch positions, Stephens opted to play QB in the CFL.

Recent trend at 25

Defensive players have been tabbed nine times at 25 in the past 15 drafts, including a streak of six years in a row from 2012-17.